State seeks dismissal of Ky. health exchange case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state is asking for dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange that Gov. Steve Beshear approved last year by executive order.

Attorneys for the state said in a court filing Friday that tea party activist David Adams and others who filed the lawsuit lacked legal standing to do so.

Adams claims in the lawsuit that Beshear created the exchange without necessary legislative approval. Adams is asking a judge to order work on the exchange to cease.

Beshear ordered the creation of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange to help more than 600,000 uninsured Kentuckians arrange coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Open enrollment is set to begin Oct. 1, and the exchange is supposed to start operation next Jan. 1.

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