California plans to tell the federal government this week that it will operate a key component of the federal health law on its own.
States have until the end of this week to
tell the federal government if they will operate their own health
States also have the option to receive help, or have
the federal government manage their marketplaces.
The California Health Benefit Exchange
board has signaled its intent to go it alone by approving a
detailed operations plan and grant proposal.
LEE: "California wants to control our destiny in
terms of expanding coverage to millions of
Peter Lee is Executive Director of the exchange - now known
as Covered California.
He said he's sure the state will be successful in running the
health insurance marketplace.
LEE: "We have Californians from San Diego, to Redding, from
Oakland to Fresno saying that this has to work. And we have such a
groundswell of interest and commitment."
Covered California is asking for more than 700 million
dollars to set up the online marketplace over the next two
They propose a health plan tax to sustain it when federal
funds run out starting in 2015.