On Monday, Missourians had their first glimpse at the health insurance rates they can choose from on the federal exchange. According to some, that shouldn't have been the first time the information was public.
Missouri is one of only a few states that does not have a state entity tasked with reviewing health insurance rates before they are finalized. Consumer groups say that means Missourians might be paying more for health insurance on the federal exchange than they should be.
A Senate committee was hearing from Missouri residents today about health insurance exchanges.
Every state is required by the year 2014 to set up an online exchange where customers can buy health coverage. States that fail to do so will have one created for them by the federal government, as part of the Affordable Care Act.
State Senator Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis city is a member of the committee.
President Barack Obama has issued a federal emergency declaration for Missouri because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast. Gov. Jay Nixon says his request for the declaration was granted Thursday.