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Plans for state-run health exchange in Ark. ended

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says opposition from the legislature has ended any plans for a state-run Health Benefits Exchange.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says opposition from the legislature has ended any plans for a state-run Health Benefits Exchange.

Bradford said in a news release Friday that eligible Arkansans will instead enroll in the federal health care program beginning in October 2013.

Bradford had supported the state-run exchange as a way for Arkansas to have more control over the health care system. He says Arkansans will now fall under the Federal Health Benefits Exchange program.

A bill authorizing the establishment of a state-run exchange died in the Legislature earlier this year.

 

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