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Herbert seeks flexible health insurance exchanges

Herbert seeks flexible health insurance exchanges

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gov. Gary Herbert wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to grant states flexibility as they develop their health insurance exchanges.

Herbert sent the department a letter Thursday along with 34 pages of comments in response to a federal request for input on implementing exchanges.

Utah and Massachusetts are currently the only states with operating exchanges.

They are intended to foster competition and reduce consumer costs by offering more choices in purchasing insurance plans.

Employers participating in Utah's exchange give workers a set monetary amount, or a defined contribution.

Workers then use that amount to shop on an exchange website for their own plan.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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