Health insurance exchange deadline extended; Brownback not reconsidering

Gov. Sam Brownback talks with reporters. (August 2012)

TOPEKA — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, led by former Kansas Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, extended the deadline for states to submit plans for state-federal partnerships to run health insurance exchanges by a month.

But Gov. Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman said the Governor is not reconsidering his decision last week to forego a partnership.

That sets the stage for Kansans to use a federally-created exchange, which is a one-stop shop for people to compare and purchase health insurance packages as part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare.

Many have questioned whether the federal government will be up to the task, especially with several states declining to set up customized exchanges for their residents.