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Mon October 1, 2012
Kentucky Health Exchange On Schedule
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky is on track to meet federal deadlines to create and manage its own health exchange, as mandated by the new health care reform law. That’s despite heated debate inside the joint Health and Welfare committee last month over the legality of the governor’s executive order creating the exchange.
Republican State Senator Katie Stine said the walkout of Democratic lawmakers at a September 19thmeeting of the committee wouldn't end the controversy.
"If this executive order, which I submit to you is flawed, but if it were to stand and we take no action to put it in cement, it will fall, it will fail. By virtue of what our rules are, how our state operates," Stine said.
Monday, Governor Beshear said the executive order was legal and chalked the debate up to politics.
"It's an election year and the Affordable Health Care Act is an issue in the election and I understand all of that, but you know, as governor I don't have time to play those games," he said.
Beshear said it’s important that deadlines are met. If Kentucky fails to implement the changes required by the law, the federal government would take over management of the exchange.