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Should NC’s health benefits exchange protect consumers? Blue Cross thinks it should not.

The News & Observer today published a story on the Blue Cross bill to gut health reform.

As you may know, federal health reform legislation sets some minimum standards for implementing health benefit exchanges. A state can then decide what sort of consumer protections it wants to add when setting up its new health insurance marketplace.

Here is what Blue Cross said about adding consumer protections not required by the feds:

Blue Cross also supports provisions in Dockham’s bill that would limit the scope of this state’s health-care exchange to what’s outlined in the federal legislation that Congress passed last year. That legislation is being reviewed by various courts, and the General Assembly recently passed a bill that would make North Carolina the 27th state to challenge the constitutionality of the law.

In the meantime, officials in North Carolina are moving ahead with provisions that the law requires, such as establishing a health exchange.

“Should North Carolina’s exchange go further than the federal legislation requires? We believe it should not,” Morales Burke said.

We believe it should. And we believe the people of North Carolina want some checks on the power of insurance companies.

4 Comments


  1. Alex O.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I am going to do what Orrin Hatch suggested on The News Hour on PBS the other night. Drop my health insurance and use the ER for all my medical care. I just give up!

  2. JeffS

    March 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I’m sure Mr. Hatch would also support the hospital’s right to deny you coverage to protect their bottom line.

    Take his advice and you might just die in the parking lot.

  3. Jack

    March 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    To paraphrase Barney – I think Hatch is a nut!

  4. Alex O.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I seriously only use the ER when I am unconscious and have no choice and only twice in my life when I came to I refused treatment. I may have no choice on Insurance because we just can’t afford it. We can’t afford the premiums if they go up at all and if we pay the premiums we have to drop all other health care costs such as going to the doctor or medicine so what is the point? Dying would be easy for me having MS and Asthma for another twenty years before I hit Medicare is impossible.

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