Governor Beshear prepares for federal health care reforms

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is prepared to order
the creation of a statewide health insurance exchange intended to
reduce coverage costs if a federal health care reform law is upheld
by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beshear said in a statement Thursday that Kentucky needs to be
ready to run such an exchange or the responsibility will default to
the federal government.

Insurance exchanges are key to the federal health care overhaul
signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. They're set to
go into operation in January 2014 if the health care law isn't
struck down.

Insurance exchanges would serve as online marketplaces where
consumers could compare coverage options and prices of various

The Supreme Court could rule by late June on the constitutionality of the health care reforms.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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