Courtesy: West Virginia Legislature
Efforts to see West Virginia run its own health insurance exchange have suffered a setback in the Legislature.
The Senate Finance Committee rejected a bill Tuesday that would create the sort of exchange called for by the federal health care overhaul.
Each state would host an exchange under the law. These would act as marketplaces where private insurers would sell coverage to individuals and small businesses.
State Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline proposed a state-run exchange. Alternatives include letting the federal government run it.
But foes of the overhaul say West Virginia could be left in the lurch if the federal law is repealed or struck down in court.
Supporters hope the committee will revisit the bill.
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