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DC health care exchange missing Medicaid feature

Thursday - 9/26/2013, 4:19pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia's new health care exchange will debut Tuesday, but will be missing a key feature.

The online marketplaces are a key part of President Obama's health care law. The District and 16 states are running their own exchanges, while other states are partnering with the federal government or leaving it to the feds entirely.

District officials said Wednesday that the new site, called D.C. Health Link, will not automatically determine whether applicants are eligible for Medicaid or for government subsidies to help pay for insurance.

Officials said the website was producing a high error rate when it tried to make those determinations itself.

Instead, people can use the website to submit an online application for subsidies or Medicaid eligibility that will be evaluated offline by staff.


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