Missouri Conservatives Back Health Insurance Exchanges
JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly one year after a federal law
overhauling the nation's health care system was enacted, Missouri
lawmakers have taken a small step toward implementing some of its
provisions by creating a health insurance exchange.
The exchange is a place where consumers could compare insurance
plans and their prices while deciding which ones to buy. The
proposed Missouri insurance exchange has found support even from
some conservative lawmakers who say the federal law should be
Rep. Chris Molendorp, a Belton Republican, is sponsoring a bill
to create the insurance exchange. That bill was passed by a House
committee last week. Molendorp says the state must set up the
exchange soon in order to meet federal deadlines.