Alaska letting feds establish exchange

Alaska is not one of the states that will be setting up a state-run health insurance exchange.

Gov. Sean Parnell made his intention clear in July, saying “federally mandated programs should be paid for by federal dollars.” He stood behind that decision ahead of a Friday deadline for states to declare their intentions.

An exchange is a marketplace for coverage options. Under the federal health care law, the government can step in and establish exchanges in states where none exist.

Parnell had deemed using state funds and personnel to design and implement an exchange the most expensive option before the state.

Alaska was among the states that challenged the constitutionality of provisions of the law. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year upheld most of the law.