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Chaney: Exchange Rollout a ‘Disaster’

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 15 Oct 2013 02:39pm | comments
Commissioner Mike Chaney

Mississippi's insurance commissioner says the roll out of the federal health insurance exchange is a 'disaster' that the state might have been able to avoid. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the website is improving but still not flawless....

Functionality is slowly returning to the health insurance exchange web site, but Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney still has a bleak view of the roll out.

"To me right now it has been a disaster," Chaney said.

Mississippi was one of 16 states working to run a state based exchange, rather than the federally administrated program now in place.

The federal government rejected Chaney's plan because of a dispute between the Commissioner and Governor Phil Bryant.

Chaney says states that have run their own exchange are in much better shape.

"There are a lot of people that think it would have been the same but I disagree with that very violently and I will tell you why. The state's that have a state based exchange, Kentucky is a good example, have been very successful to get their exchanges up and running and by pass all the federal laws that are out there," Chaney said.

The federal government has not released figures for the number of people who have enrolled, but some estimate it is as few as 5-thousand.

In the state's running their own exchange, more than 42-thousand people have enrolled.



Commissioner Mike Chaney



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