Mo. gets federal grant to build online health insurance exchange
"This $21 million mainly will be used for the under-the-hood, if you will, development of the very significant technology infrastructure that needs to be in place in order to build an online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop from hundreds of different health insurance plans," Ford said.
Ford says efforts to set up an insurance exchange are proceeding in Missouri in spite of state and federal legal efforts to derail it.
“The grant awards have moved along on schedule, and in Missouri there is broad bipartisan support for the establishment of a state-run marketplace, rather than one that is run from Washington,” Ford said.
A federal appeals court panel Friday struck down the provision of the federal health care act that would require most Americans to buy health insurance starting in 2014.