States Across The South Ignore, Resist Health Care Exchanges

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 29, 2013)--Consumers in many Southern and Plains states will have to work harder than their counterparts in other parts of the country to find information on how new online health insurance marketplaces work.

In Republican-led states that oppose the federal Affordable Care Act, the strategy toward the marketplaces that go online Tuesday ranges from indifference to outright resistance.

Most states across the South including Texas have declined federal grants to advertise the exchanges and ceded responsibility for running the marketplaces to the federal government.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other governors from the Carolinas to Kansas have decried the exchanges and the rest of the law.

That contrasts with several of the 14 Northeast, Midwest and Western states running their own insurance exchanges.

Residents there have been exposed to weeks of marketing and advertising campaigns to help them prepare to buy health insurance.

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