The residents of the state will decide whether the online marketplace will be run by the state or federal government.
Next month, when voters head out to cast their ballots, those in Missouri will be asked to address an additional matter, which will involve whether their health insurance exchange will be operated by the state or by the federal government.
Some are saying that these votes may not have a large impact on the final decision.
It has been suggested that the votes of the citizens in Missouri may have less of an impact than expected regarding the direction that the state takes in terms of the implementation of the various Affordable Care Act required provisions.
The health insurance exchanges are at the very center of the federal healthcare reforms.
These health insurance exchanges will be designed to offer consumers an online comparison shopping marketplace in which to discover what plans are available to them and to help them to make the best choice for the coverage they need and at a price that they can afford.
The states have each been given the opportunity to come up with their own designs for their health insurance exchanges, which they can implement and operate on their own. On the other hand, should they decide that they are not capable of completing this task, or if they do not wish to take on this responsibility, then the federal government will design and run them on their behalf.
If the ballot measure on November 6 is approved in Missouri, it will stop the administration of Governor Jay Nixon from being able to create a health insurance exchange for the state without a popular vote or approval by the state’s Legislature.
According to Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), “I feel confident that the people will pass it.” It was Senator Schaaf who sponsored this legislation, which brought the measure to the ballot.
Nixon has, as of yet, held back from commenting on his views regarding whether or not the health insurance exchange in Missouri should be run by the state or handed over to the federal government.