Health Exchanges May Not Be Ready to Launch

A new Government Accountability Office report suggests that implementation of health care exchanges called for in the new heath care reform act may be rough going when enrollment in federally operated exchanges, including Tennessee's, begins on Oct. 1. The federal "data hub" designed to deliver real-time eligibility rulings has only undergone initial testing, of concern to the federal investigators who authored the report. The report also confirms what many policy experts have been warning about – namely, that the federal government wasn't prepared or expecting to operate 34 state exchanges, causing some deadlines to be missed or delayed. The Memphis Business Journal has the story.