ND lawmakers begin review of health exchanges

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative committee is starting the job of writing a bill to implement health insurance exchanges in the state.

The exchanges are part of the new federal health care law. They're intended to give customers several health plans to pick from, and encourage price competition among insurance companies.

Existing state plans differ on how the plans are run, and what health benefits should be offered.

Bismarck Rep. George Keiser (KY'-zur) is chairman of the Legislature's interim Health Care Reform Review Committee.

The committee is meeting Tuesday. Keiser says the panel will consider proposals for health care exchanges to present to a special session of the Legislature this November.

Former Utah governor and federal Health and Human Services secretary Michael Leavitt will be speaking to the North Dakota committee.