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Should health insurance exchanges be regulated by the federal government?

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Air date: April 21, 2013

Host: Barbara Lewis

Healthcare Policy & Public Health
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Interview: Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., associate professor of pediatrics, associate director of Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.

Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., health policy expert for “Sound Medicine,” discusses the national and local impact of health insurance exchanges. Exchanges allow people with chronic conditions, those who have been discriminated against and those who are unable to afford a private policy to purchase insurance through the government. The Affordable Care Act decided that states would control their own exchange program, but those that choose not to can participate in a blanket national exchange. States that participate in the national exchange do surrender some control to the federal government, but they also save millions of dollars.