KTVL CBS Channel 10 Mailing List
 

News10 LiveLinks from BroadcastNews10 Good MorningSpecial Report: Hemp Love
KTVL CBS Channel 10 :: News - Top Stories - States have until Friday to decide on health care exchanges

Thursday, December 13 2012, 05:49 PM CST
States have until Friday to decide on health care exchanges
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar/Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nineteen states have turned down the Obama administration's invitation to run the new health insurance markets that will begin serving millions of uninsured Americans less than a year from now. That puts a huge task on the feds, a defining challenge for President Barack Obama's second term.

Friday is decision day for states to notify Washington if they will set up their own insurance exchanges under the federal health care law. Monitoring by The Associated Press finds a divided nation moving ahead, despite the misgivings of some state officials. Half the states now say they will participate in some way.

Still, drafters of the law did not anticipate that so many states would remain on the sidelines at this late stage. Federal control of the new state markets where individuals, families and small businesses will shop for taxpayer-subsidized private coverage was seen as a failsafe, not the standard for nearly half the country. Critics predict delays.

All of the states refusing are led by Republicans.

On the other side of the ledger, 17 states and Washington, D.C., say they want to set up and run their own markets. The administration has already started granting approvals. Eight other states have indicated they want to pursue a partnership with Washington, and more may do so. Only six remain undecided.

Exchanges are the gateway to the new health care law for individuals and families who buy their own health insurance, as well as for small businesses.

Currently, it's hard to tell what's a good plan or a fair price. You can get turned down if you have a medical problem, charged more if you are older or a woman. The health care law forbids insurers from turning away the sick, limits what they can charge older people and bans gender-based surcharges. It also requires virtually all Americans to get coverage or face fines.

Exchanges are supposed to make picking health insurance like buying an airline ticket from an online travel site like Orbitz or Expedia.

There will be a website, and you'll be able to put in your ZIP code and get a list of available health plans. There will be a section where you can find out if you qualify for subsidies, or for Medicaid. There will be cost calculators to allow you to compare different levels of coverage: platinum, gold, silver and bronze. There will be tools that allow you to see if your doctor or hospital is with a particular plan.

Middle-class consumers will be able to find out if they are eligible for government help with their premiums for private insurance. Initially, nearly 9 of every 10 taking part will get assistance.

Low-income people can use the exchanges to find out whether they are eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage under the law. In addition to deciding how to implement exchanges, states must also decide whether to accept the Medicaid expansion. There's no deadline set for that decision, and most are still weighing options.

Open enrollment for exchange plans starts next Oct. 1, and coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014. Initially around 10 million people are expected to sign up, growing rapidly thereafter. California, New York and Kentucky are among the states that have opted to create their own exchanges. Among those passing are Texas, Georgia and Kansas. Partnership states include Illinois and West Virginia.

Republican governors rejecting state exchanges have cited a variety of reasons. Some say the administration has not provided enough information. Others say there's too much federal regulation. Most have concerns about costs. But some Republican leaders have broken ranks, including governors in Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico, and the insurance commissioner in Mississippi.

In announcing his support for a state exchange this week, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said, "it would be irresponsible of me to simply abandon the field to federal bureaucrats. In the face of uncertainty we must assert our independence and our commitment to self-determination, while fulfilling our responsibility to the rule of law."

Indeed, exchanges have a Republican pedigree. The idea was pioneered in Massachusetts under then-Gov. Mitt Romney's health care overhaul.

"All this is full of irony," said consultant Jon Kingsdale, who founded the Massachusetts exchange for Romney. "If you had asked many of those (Republican) governors four years ago before this got politicized, it would have been a no-brainer: 'We want the states to do it.'"

The health care law increased the power of the federal government, but states that run their own exchanges retain important roles overseeing insurance plans, addressing consumer issues and coordinating between the new marketplace and their Medicaid plans. That last item may be the most important, since Medicaid is a major component of state budgets.

Critics of the law believe the Obama administration will be overwhelmed trying to set up so many exchanges in states that are hostile to the idea. Some say the president may have to accept delays, perhaps in the face-saving context of budget negotiations where a delay would count as savings. Publicly, administration officials are adamant that won't happen, and independent observers are starting to believe them.

"It would be politically unwise for the president to delay the start of these benefits," said Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere Health, a market analysis firm. "If this is going to be a legacy item, he's got to move forward."

The key to that will be something called the federal exchange, the fallback, which is on a tight development schedule overseen by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The government has awarded two big technology contracts for exchanges. Virginia-based CGI Federal Inc. is building the federal exchange. Maryland-based Quality Software Services Inc. is building what's called the federal data services hub, an electronic back office that will be used by the federal exchange and state exchanges to verify identity, income, citizenship and legal residence.

Estimated price tag for the federal exchange: at least $860 million.

"We are all keenly aware that open enrollment is coming quickly," said Gary Cohen, who heads the HHS office overseeing the rollout. "And we will be ready to open our doors."

Associated Press writer John Miller in Boise, Idaho, contributed to this report.

Online
States have until Friday to decide on health care exchanges

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Related Stories




KTVL Top Stories

Power lines and mylar balloons do not mix

Josephine County residents rally for Riley

New system no cure for catch and release

Hope for the slopes for Mt. Ashland season pass holders

Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns

Border collie sparks debate on euthanizing sick animals

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 26

G.M.O. in Jackson County Still a Hot Topic

West Medford Residents Cleaning up the Neighborhood

Businesses adjust to unseasonably warm weather

Man faces felony charge for throwing glass in bar

ODOT Putting More Eyes on I-5

Tax Twirlers Attracting More Customers

The Answer For Some Businesses... Food Trucks

DUII Crash in Phoenix

Lights Out Across Medford and Central Point

Local restaurant going mobile for a cause

News10 Special Report: Rent rates and realism affecting downtown businesses

70s serial killer arrested in Medford facing more charges

Changes on the horizon for Medford Center

Grandma power: Oregon purse snatcher can't shake her off car

Trial in killing of toddler at Oregon resort set for 2016

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 23

ODOT adding road cams in southern Oregon to update TripCheck

Convict charged with 1976's 'Gypsy Hill' murders

Ashland ranked best filmmaking city

Mount Ashland Lay-Offs

West Coast Flavors: Thai Peanut Sauce

Water Safe Despite Break-In at Treatment Plant

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 22

Police: Pastor's 28 hidden camera videos show nude teen girls

Lawmakers dealing with marijuana ahead of July 1 deadline

Murder suspect behind bars

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 21

New Restaurant With a Bacon Menu

Local state park's popularity increases crime

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 21

Bear cub that fell out of tree in Oregon gets chance to live

City of Talent preparing for future expansion

Murder in Klamath Falls brings in extra help to investigate

Puppy euthanization brings changes

MacCallum Sentenced to 50-Years

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 20

Man arrested in May slaying in Klamath County

Biggest medical marijuana grow site in Josephine County

DA: Man murdered in Klamath Falls

Medford's Most Wanted: Jan. 19

No snow drying up funds for Mt. Shasta businesses

News10 Special Report: Hemp Love, Part II

News10 Special Report: Hemp Love, Part I

Domestic disturbance not a new trend at state park

Roads re-open after 2 injured in Medford crash

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 19

Medford School District resolves dispute with teachers union

Oregon man pleads guilty to incest

US prepares for review of proposed Medford casino

Coming Together to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Raining on Snow Parade at Mt. Ashland

Checkin' Out Campus

Former pastor under investigation

Teen dies in crash

Suspected car thief hides in hotel

Police investigate former pastor for secret recordings

Downtown Residence Gets Closer to Building

Car Chase Manhunt With One Suspect Still On The Loose

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 16

Local Electric Motorcycle Company Bought

10 Take Advantage of Free Chickenpox Vaccines

Crime Hits Medford

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 16

Feds order California drug maker to shut down

House bill proposes vacating marijuana misdemeanors

Los Angeles to consider preservation of 1950s-era restaurant

Sanders promises to defend Social Security

Authorities searching for 2 teens suspected in crime spree

Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state

Swanson Group says it will rebuild Ore. mill

US opens to Mexico long-haul trucking after 3-year pilot

Timber county payments fall after expiration of subsidy

Oregon parents seek $36 million in water-birth lawsuit

California agency releasing more state water after storms

Oregon justices hear appeal in bank bombing death sentence

Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

Oregon agency hopes zoo, somewhere, can rehab scrawny bear

Crater Lake reports visitation up for 2014

City of Weed on road to recovery

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 15

Lone Wolf Spotted

Local Food Bank Needs More Food

Fresh eyes assigned to the Grubbs murder case

SWAT situation at Valley of the Rogue comes to an end

Small fire at elementary school deemed Arson

David Grubbs' case to get new set of eyes

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 15

Gold Hill residents asked whether full-time officer needed

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 14

Your Sports 01/14/15

Leaders Meet to Discuss Alzheimer's Issue

Medford School District works to boost ELL standards

Bear Cub's Fate Determined

Free Chickenpox Vaccines

Facebook Donations for Rape Victim

Community meetings scheduled on Oregon pot sales

Ex-Marine held in Iran says no interest in prisoner swap

Study: 2 people move to Oregon for every 1 who moves away

Car crashes into Medford medical building

Wolf Creek pedestrian hit and killed

Suspects in purse snatching of 73-year-old woman arrested

Crimestoppers: John Aranda

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 13

Meat prices on the rise

Red Robin coming to Grants Pass

Wild River Pizza Fundraiser for Deaf Students

Klamath County Jail Needs Money... Now

Tuesday Talk: Anti-Muslim bus ads causing controversy

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 13

Rape investigation in White City

Woman accused of faking prescriptions at Portland pharmacies

Grand jury: Police officer justified in killing man

Oregon man charged with assaulting his 7-week-old baby

A quench for businesses

Measure 91 advocates buying up rural real estate

Yosemite climbers push to finish El Capitan ascent

Police: No evidence of attempted kidnapping

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 12

Kitzhaber prepares to kick off 4th term as Oregon governor

Ashland donates fire engine to sister city

Rogue Valley Grower's and Crafter's Market Applications Now Available

UPDATE: Attempted kidnapping in east Medford

Attempted kidnapping suspect is in custody

LifeArt Puts Work on Display at South Stage Cellars

Bringing in the Cheer and Helping the Community

Citizens Rally to Support Police

Boy Scouts Pick Up Old Christmas Trees

Art Walk at The Rogue Valley Mall

Man is killed in crash

Fog pushes out green energy

On vacation with peace of mind

Local Businesses Support the Oregon Ducks

No Extra Enforcement over GameDay Weekend

Bend horse owner believes it was killed, eaten by cougar

The jig is up

Changes coming to Ashland Water Shed

Paisan's owner prevents power scam

Walmart Robbery Gets Community's Attention

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 8

Possible dive in airfare

News10 Afternoon News Break

Grants Pass police searching for robbery suspects

National title brings victorious vibes

In-N-Out files application, but will it really come to Medford?

Talent stabbing suspects also face attempted rape, murder charges

Chickenpox Action in Ashland

Siskiyou Co. man arrested for murder after federal investigation

Fate of bear cub still hangs in the balance

Wandering wolf head of Rogue pack

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 7

Tobacco companies criticize federal judge

Suit highlights risk of "auto hold" video poker strategy

Providence phasing out sugary drinks in Oregon facilities

One-time tycoon's summer retreat reopens as Oregon resort

Future uncertain for bear that fell out of tree near Medford

Spotters sight migrating gray whales off Oregon coast

Crimestoppers: December bank robber in disguise

Oregon gets number one spot for move-ins

Alleged Purple Parrot robber arrested

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 6

Gas Prices Keep Dropping

Public Safety Levy in Josephine Co. Revised

Warm winter slows drought recovery

Town copes after plane crash kills family, spares 7-year-old

'Active shooter' reported at El Paso military hospital

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 6

Tuesday Talk: Brewery in spotlight for Ghandi-Bot beer

Jewell orders new firefighting approach that protects bird

Junior Spartans "special" team hits the ice

Medford one step closer to In n' Out

Gold Hill discusses law enforcement

Sheriff Corey Falls gets sworn in

Falling hay bales kill Central Oregon farmer

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 4

Two persons of interest questioned after stabbing

Chickenpox Spreads in Ashland

Top 10 scams of 2014 to be on the watch for in 2015

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 3

Saved Kittens

The Rising Stars Have Been Announced

News10 Evening News Break Jan. 2

Donna Douglas, 'Beverly Hillbillies' star, is dead

News10 Afternoon News Break Jan. 2

Immigrants seek California driver licenses

Four arrested after fight in Grants Pass

Early baby first of 2015

2014 Year in Review Part 2

2014 Year in Review Part 1

News10 Evening News Break

New Years Resolution

Car crashes into tree on NYE, driver takes off

2 S. Ore. men cited in wildlife poaching case

Streamers unhappy as WatchESPN down for Rose Bowl

Klamath Basin Water Fight Continues

New Meth House Law

News10 Evening News Break Dec. 31

Washington 19-year-old wants to adopt 16-year-old brother

First baby of 2015? It's a secret in many places

Hasbro to replace penis-shaped Play-Doh toy

Early release for Southern Oregon man put on hold

KKK group to keep fighting to join cleanup program

Tribal casinos in Washington to refuse EBT cards

Volkswagen recalls 38,000 cars due to fire risk

List: Ban 'bae,' 'foodie,' 'takeaway' from lexicon

News10 Afternoon News Break Dec. 31

2 drug busts in Jackson County net meth, thousands of dollars

Lithia dealerships moving out of west Medford

Crash spills hatchery salmon on Oregon highway

Crimestoppers: Stolen Cars

Architect firm fired from project

Boles Fire donation center closes

Bomb Shakes Stevenson Park

Suspicious Fires Reach Six in Klamath Falls

Scalper buys $650 worth of tickets for "The Interview," demands refund

Standing With The Thin Blue Line

US denies proposing swap for former Marine

New Oregon law eases concealed handgun restriction

News10 Afternoon News Break Dec. 30

Tuesday Talk: Off-duty FBI agent kills dog

Family escapes Medford apartment fire

News10 Evening News Break Dec. 29

Medford's Most Wanted Dec. 29

Crews work on snowy roads

Local Mountain Numbers Down

Locals Question Ashland Police Department about Hannah Thomas-Garner

Tagging in Medford neighborhoods on the rise over the holiday weekend

Multiple fatal accidents across Southern Oregon on Sunday

Health shops see rise in business thanks to approaching New Year

Beekman house donates to ACCESS

Getting ready for winter

Released prisoner worries her nightmare isn't over

Mount Ashland ski area re-opens

Big Check For Local Organization

Train crashes into truck in Central Point

Medford's Most Wanted Dec.22

Dog sledding available locally

Mount Ashland opens for the season

Busy Travel Season

More graffiti reports in Medford

Pawn shop changes looming in Medford

Pawn Shop Arrests

Shop Small in Jacksonville

Mt Ashland set to open Friday

SOU Raiders head to national championship

Childhood Illness Sweeps Ashland

Generous surprise brings tears of joy

Tuesday Talk: Nordstrom fires employee over Facebook post

Holiday heist dampens Christmas spirit

Southern Oregon Subaru Shares The Love

Spartans turning Medford into hockey town

Eagle Point butcher shop gives back to community

Ashland police shop with children

Holiday Fire Damage

Local reservoirs see a boost from rain

Activists protesting LNG pipeline in Southern Oregon

Storm causes trouble for trees and homeowners

Lark's Gingerbread Scones

Man dies after pinned beneath tree

Rain and winds expected to continue

Medford's Most Wanted Dec. 8

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Newsmax Headlines

Sponsored content
Should your town impose a 1-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries?
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's more liberal cities is considering a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper reports that the Oregon Health Authority Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program has already received six dispensary applications for Ashland.

But neighborhood opposition has been increasing and the council will discuss a moratorium on April 1.

People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system.

A proposed dispensary called Top Shelf Meds abuts an Ashland neighborhood.

Carol Kim says the dispensary is separated from her home by a hedge. She says it's ironic that state rules bar dispensaries near schools, but her daughters will come home from school and have to live near a dispensary.
___

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.
YES
My town should definitely impose the moratorium for one year -- no more, no less.
NO
My town should NOT impose the moratorium for any length of time. My town should follow current state laws on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Undecided
I am unsure whether I am in favor of medical marijuana dispensaries in my town, regardless of current state laws.

Business News

Tsipras sworn in as new Greek prime minister

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Radical left leader Alexis Tsipras has been sworn in as Greece's new prime minister, becoming the youngest man to hold the post in 150 years.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Sniper" is still on target with movie fans.

Get This

SLEEPING WITH THE DIRECTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- SAG Award winner J.K.

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: VOTER IDs IN THE DIGITAL AGE

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- It's voter ID's -- high-tech style.


 
  • KTVL :: News - Across The Nation

    Across The Nation

    News and information from across the nation.
  • KTVL :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis



  • KTVL :: News - Elections Day

    Elections Day

    Elections are in full swing in your town.Stick with News10 as the ballots continue to be submitted!
  • KTVL :: News - The Great Outdoors

    The Great Outdoors

    Join KTVL News10 for The Great Outdoors, a weekly segment featuring numerous activities related to outdoor living in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
  • KTVL :: News - Medford Teachers Strike

    Medford Teachers Strike

    As of 7 p.m. Wednesday February 5, 2014, no compromise in the dispute over a new contract between the Medford School District and Medford Education Association. 
  • KTVL :: News - Rogue River Homicide

    Rogue River Homicide

    The Jackson County Sheriff's office says 65-year-old Susan Monica was arrested for identity theft and other theft charges last Friday...
  • KTVL :: News - Patricia MacCallum Murder Trial

    Patricia MacCallum Murder Trial

    Patricia MacCallum is accused of shooting and killing her husband, Christopher MacCallum, during a camping trip last year. Patricia MacCallum's trial began Nov. 18. News10 is at the courthouse and will ...
  • KTVL :: News - Health Matters

    Health Matters

    Local Health Care Professionals Providing You With Helpful Health Tips!
  • KTVL :: News - Fire Watch 2013

    Fire Watch 2013

    Your source for evacuations, closures and relief efforts.
  • KTVL :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • KTVL :: News - Medfords Most Wanted

    Medfords Most Wanted

    Each week, News10 looks at the Rogue Valley's most wanted criminals and finds out who has been caught.
  • KTVL :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

     The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
  • KTVL :: News - Biscuit Fire:Ten Years Later

    Biscuit Fire:Ten Years Later

    It has been ten years since the Biscuit Fire scorched 500,00 acres in the Siskiyou National Forest.

  • KTVL :: News - Tasty Topics

    Tasty Topics

    We've all seen News10's Trish Glose tasting food on West Coast Flavors. Now she has more space to talk about food and drink!
  • KTVL :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE
  • KTVL :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • KTVL :: News - Reality Check

    Reality Check

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Reality Check tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • KTVL :: News - Your View

    Your View

    When you see news, share it with us. Your View is the perfect place to share the video and photos you capture your town.
  • KTVL :: News - Green Wednesday

    Green Wednesday

    There are limits to our natural resources and News 10's Green Wednesday provides information on how we can be better stewards of the environment.

  • KTVL :: News - Cool Schools

    Cool Schools

    News10 is visiting Medford elementary schools and letting them show us what makes their school great.
  • KTVL :: News - On The Town

    On The Town

    On the Town highlights local entertainment activities from concerts at the Craterian, to plays, parades and fun runs, for the week and weekends in Medford and counties in Southern Oregon.
  • KTVL :: News - To Your Health

    To Your Health

    Dr. Dan, Monday KTVL News10 at 5 answers your health questions and discusses the latest developments in medecine. If you have questions, find the e-mail address and mailing address at ktvl.com.
  • KTVL :: News - West Coast Flavors

    West Coast Flavors

    Who doesn't love good food? News 10 invites area chefs to the West Coast Appliance kitchen to cook up their favorite recipes.

  • KTVL :: News - Crime Stoppers

    Crime Stoppers

    Crime Stoppers, Medford, Southern Oregon's answer to crime at ktvl.com. Find a police report of the active case, descriptons of suspects, vehicle information, rewards.

  • KTVL :: News - Rogue Gangs

    Rogue Gangs

    Gangs are a growing concern for police in Southern Oregon and Northern California. News 10 is taking an in-depth look at the issue.
  • KTVL :: News - Links from Our Broadcast

    Links from Our Broadcast

    Links and numbers from our newscasts at KTVL News10, Medford, Southern Oregon's news source. Relevant links to research topics of interest or to contact organizations.

  • KTVL :: News - Consumer Links

    Consumer Links

    Consumer information, links and numbers. Useful links to protect and educate the consumer from the Oregon and California State Departments, the federal government and other Associations.
  • KTVL :: News - Safety Links

    Safety Links

    Safety - links and numbers at ktvl.com. Emergency preparedness plans for Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties' citizens. Links to California and Oregon Emergency Management Offices, National Safety Council, ...
  • KTVL :: News - Voting Links

    Voting Links

    Links to websites full of information and background material, as well as sites that help you take action.
  • KTVL :: News - Local Links

    Local Links

    Local links for Medford, Southern Oregon and Northern California. Community links for Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Siskiyou Counties, schools, cities, chambers of commerce, Rogue Valley ...

more »

Tonight on KTVL

12:00pm:  News10 at Noon
12:30pm:  The Bold and the Beautiful
  1:00pm:  The Talk
  2:00pm:  Let's Make A Deal
  3:00pm:  Rachael Ray
  4:00pm:  Ellen
  5:00pm:  News10 at 5pm
  5:30pm:  CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
  6:00pm:  News10 at 6pm
  6:35pm:  Who Wants to be a Millionaire
  7:05pm:  Family Feud
  7:30pm:  Celebrity Name Game
  8:00pm:  Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015
  9:00pm:  Scorpion
10:00pm:  NCIS: Los Angeles
11:00pm:  News10 at 11pm
11:35pm:  The Late Show, with David Letterman
12:37am:  The Late Late Show

Complete Schedule »