Governors and state legislatures should make establishing a health insurance exchange the No. 1 item on their healthcare agenda this year, a majority of Americans said in a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health.
In the survey, conducted Jan. 3-9, respondents identified the top healthcare priorities at the state and federal levels. It found that 55% said creating an insurance exchange should lead the list for state officials. According to Kaiser, so far 18 states have indicated they will run their own exchanges, while seven have said they will operate an exchange with the federal government. The exchange option in the survey was the only one of seven possibilities in which a majority of those surveyed identified it as a top priority. For instance, 39% said the main priority should be supporting women's access to family planning and other reproductive services, while 37% identified increasing state regulation of health insurance premiums.