North Carolina could soon join more than 20 states in opting out of creating a health care exchange — a potential move that has generated vigorous debate among state legislators.
N.C. Senate Bill 4, introduced when the N.C. legislature reconvened last week, would exempt the state from running a health care exchange and grant control of the program to the federal government. The bill would not seek an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program.
An exchange allows small businesses and individuals to compare health care plans and determine eligibility for tax credits to lower the cost. The system aims to cover more than 30 million uninsured Americans.
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administrative costs in 2011
of the total cost of Medicaid in North Carolina devoted to administrative costs
of the total cost of Medicaid in New Jersey devoted to administrative costs
The bill demonstrates the Republican Party’s commitment to improving health care’s efficiency, said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Guilford, in a statement.
“Saddling our citizens with the enormous costs of a new federal bureaucracy and entitlements is simply not the way to achieve this goal,” he said.