Ala. Governor Won't Implement Part of Health Law

Oct 2, 2012

Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't implement part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama.

Bentley's aides announced Monday that he sent a letter to Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius saying he's an opponent of the act. Bentley said he will not make a decision on establishing minimum benefits for those buying individual and small group policies in Alabama. He called it irresponsible to decide what Alabama's benchmark will be for essential health benefits without clear guidance from the federal government.

Bentley also said the law lacks options for innovative approaches. He advocated health savings accounts in place of the federal law.

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