Mississippi wants to split exchange oversight with feds

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has proposed a new plan to split oversight of the state's health insurance exchange with the federal government, reported Politico. After the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services blocked Mississippi from operating its own exchange because of infighting between Chaney and Gov. Phil Bryant, the insurance commissioner now wants to run an exchange for small businesses while HHS runs the individual exchange. Chaney said he's confident he can run the small-business exchange. "We clearly have authority to establish an exchange, and operate a SHOP," he told Politico. "I don't need [Bryant's] approval." When he submitted his proposal to HHS, Chaney also requested an expedited review. "If I don't get approval for that in the next 10 days, I can't pull this thing off," Chaney said.He added that with federal approval, he can open the small business exchange by next June. An HHS spokeswoman said the agency is having "preliminary conversations" with Mississippi regulators about Chaney's idea. Article