Health Care Exchange

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. lawmakers to study health insurance exchange

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Legislative leaders say they won't consider a plan this year to set up a health-insurance exchange required under the new federal health care law and instead plan to study the issue during the interim.

In a joint announcement made on Wednesday, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said they have ordered the formation of a joint committee to recommend how the state should address the federal health care law.

After bitter opposition from tea party and other grassroots groups, GOP lawmakers earlier this year rejected a $54 million federal grant to help the cash-strapped state set up an exchange website where Oklahomans can shop for and purchase health insurance.