Lunchtime rundown: State stands by healthcare exchange decision, Kessler headed for Taiwan

October 29, 2013 by Zack Harold

The federal government’s health insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov, continues to experience problems despite assurances from the Obama administration it is fixing issues with the website.

Some states that chose to build their own health insurance sites do not seem to be having these problems, however. And while West Virginia still has the option to develop its own website, officials still say they made the right choice in allowing the federal government to take the lead.

Jeremiah Samples, assistant to Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling and a former state Insurance Commission administrator, said West Virginia would have only subjected consumers to higher costs if it built its own website.

Meanwhile, Dave tried to sign up for Healthcare.gov today. He was able to sign up for an account, but as you can see in this video, there were still some problems.

In other news…

  • Senate President Jeff Kessler, along with Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso and Economic Development Chairman Bob Williams will head to Taiwan on Thursday for a week-long trade mission.
  • Many have criticized the Kings Dominion amusement park for its Halloween maze attraction “Miner’s Revenge.” The attraction is now closed…along with the rest of the park. Kings Dominion closed for the season on Oct. 27.
  • More than 5,000 West Virginia coal miners, energy workers and others traveled to Washington, D.C. for today’s “Rally for American Energy Jobs.” Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will emcee the event.
  • Following news it would purchase five CONSOL energy mines in West Virginia, Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller are requesting a meeting with Ohio-based Murray Energy.
  • St. Albans homeowner Richard Holmes recently was worried he would lose his house after flood insurance premiums skyrocketed as a result of the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. But his insurance company inexplicably reduced those premiums back to their initial amounts. And as the Daily Mail‘s Andrea Lannom reports, Congress could soon vote on a bill that would forbid flood insurance increases for four years.

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