Officials vote against health exchange

A state House committee struck down a bill to create a state-based online marketplace to compare health care options Thursday, abandoning efforts to meet the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The House’s Health Policy Committee voted against requiring Michigan to set up its own federally funded health exchange. As a result, the federal government will step in and create Michigan’s exchange for it by October 2013.

States can request to set up their own exchanges before Dec. 14. If lawmakers fail to meet the deadline, they are required to adopt the federal model.

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, stated the issue won’t be considered again until after the new year.

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