- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker has proposed ending the state’s health insurance exchange.

HealthSource RI was set up as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Deputy Minority Leader Patricia Morgan introduced a bill to prohibit the state from funding HealthSource RI and direct the governor to transfer the operation to the federal government beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Morgan says the estimated annual price of operating the exchange appears to be $14 million to $20 million. She says that’s too much, and it threatens the state’s fiscal health.

She says current enrollees would retain their coverage through the federal exchange. More than 30,000 people are currently enrolled.

Democratic lawmakers have said they’d like to see the state shift to the federal system.

Morgan’s bill was referred to the House Finance Committee.

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