Wolf seeks state authority over health insurance marketplace

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is formally applying to the federal government to take over the operation of Pennsylvania’s insurance marketplace created under the 2010 health care law.

Tuesday’s announcement is the latest step in the Wolf administration’s effort to keep federal health insurance subsidies for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could wipe them out in some states.

A U.S. Health and Human Services Department spokesman couldn’t immediately say whether Pennsylvania is the first or only state to take such a step as a result of the Supreme Court case.

The Democratic governor has said he’d explore this avenue in case the court’s ruling is adverse.

Officials in the Republican-controlled Legislature say its approval would be required for any money needed to run an exchange.

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