SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has asked the federal government to run the state's health insurance exchange for individuals while the state maintains its existing marketplace for small businesses.
Herbert made the request Tuesday in Washington D.C. during a meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The state had previously considered expanding its three-year-old marketplace to offer plans to individuals. But Herbert says they decided this combination will be a win-win for both the state and the federal government.
In January, the federal government approved the key elements of Utah's existing health insurance exchange as compliant with the requirements of the new federal health care law.
Herbert says federal officials were receptive to the idea but need to make sure it fits within the requirements of the law.