Federal flexibility won't persuade Missouri to set up insurance exchange system, Rupp says
Missouri will take no immediate steps to establish an insurance exchange in spite of the federal offer to give states more flexibility in setting up this key part of the health-reform law, a key state senator said Monday.
Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, made the comment in response to the federal government’s announcement on insurance exchange rules. Rupp chaired the special committee that held hearings across the state last year to get public reaction to setting up an exchange in Missouri. He also chairs the Small Business, Industry and Insurance Committee, which has jurisdiction over any exchange legislation introduced in the Senate.
“I am very confident that the Legislature is not going to act on anything related to an insurance exchange,” in the current legislative session, Rupp said Monday.