The committee studying options for a Wyoming health insurance exchange will face a difficult challenge next year when it delivers its recommendations to the Legislature.
Exchanges are a key part of the Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul that conservatives have dubbed "Obamacare." That's made them a tough sell to lawmakers in red states.
It will be even harder for an exchange to succeed in the next Wyoming Legislature. Bills in the upcoming budget session need two-thirds approval to simply be introduced.
The Associated Press is reporting the Obama Administration is now "working on a new partnership model to let state agencies help run the exchange - perhaps without the need for legislative authorization."
If the state doesn't create an exchange, the federal government will administer one for Wyoming. The new model might be more appealing to Wyoming lawmakers, who could avoid a federal program without having to actually vote for an exchange.
Read more about the committee's work here.