Christie Opts For Federally-Administered Health Insurance Exchange

Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie today gave formal notice to federal officials that New Jersey  is opting to put in place a federally administered exchange to comply with  the mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

“My Administration is committed to meeting our obligation to comply with the Affordable Care Act, but only in a manner that is the most effective and efficient for the residents of New Jersey, and the businesses that will carry the costs of this new program. New Jersey enjoys a respected and earned reputation as a national leader in treatment and coverage, and our residents rightfully expect excellence in healthcare,” said Christie. “In order to move forward in a manner that best meets that standard for our families and businesses, and that ensures that all New Jerseyans have access to the best healthcare options supported by the most effective insurance coverage, I have determined that federal operation of the Exchange is the responsible choice for our state.”

Previously, Christie vetoed an effort by the state Legislature to establish a state-run exchange, citing critical, unanswered policy questions before states – even as federally imposed deadlines loomed.

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