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Georgia Will Not Set Up a State Health Insurance Exchange

November 19, 2012
A stethoscope lies neatly on a table.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Governor Nathan Deal confirmed on Friday that Georgia will not set up a state health insurance exchange.

“We have no interest in spending our tax dollars on an exchange that is state-based in name only,” the governor said. “I would support a free market-based approach that could serve as a useful tool for Georgia’s small businesses, but federal guidelines forbid that. Instead, restrictions on what the exchanges can and can’t offer render meaningless the suggestion that Georgia could tailor an exchange that best fits the unique needs of its population."

In light of this decision, the federal government will create and manage a health insurance exchange on the state's behalf. By 2014, both state residents and small businesses will be able to search the federal exchange for health plans that offer a package of basic medical services.

To learn more, read an overview about health insurance exchanges, review blogs written by Kathleen, and search frequently asked questions about the new healthcare law.