- November 28th 2011
Texas declined to create a health insurance exchange during the legislative session that ended June 30, but the state did advance its own version of accountable care organizations.
Gov. Rick Perry strongly opposes the health system reform law and threatened to veto any legislation that would help implement the law's health insurance exchanges. The exchanges will serve as one-stop marketplaces for qualifying health coverage beginning in 2014. Perry did not want to be seen as aiding the implementation of the health reform law in any way, said Texas Rep. John Zerwas, MD, sponsor of the leading bill to create an exchange, and Texas Medical Assn. President Bruce Malone, MD, in separate interviews.
"They definitely were just very entrenched on this idea," Dr. Zerwas said. At least one other governor, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, opposes creating a locally controlled exchange in his state.
The Texas Medical Assn. supported Dr. Zerwas' measure to authorize a state insurance exchange. Ho [Read more]