LA CROSSE – Exchange delay does not surprise La Crosse insurers

The two La Crosse-based insurers approved for marketplace exchanges under the Affordable Care Act aren’t surprised that the Obama administration is delaying final contract agreements.

The lapse was predictable, given the complexity of the federal health care law and the fact that other deadlines have been missed, officials with the Gundersen Health Plan of La Crosse and Health Tradition Health Plan said Wednesday.

This holdup, which Reuters news service first reported Wednesday morning, pushes back the federal government’s signing contracts with marketplace insurers from the original Sept. 5-9 window to mid-September.

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