BOSTON (AP) — While most states are bracing for the launch of new insurance marketplaces under President Barack Obama's health care law, officials in Massachusetts say they're confident of a smooth transition.
One reason for the relative calm is Massachusetts' history as the first state to create a health care exchange to help uninsured residents connect with coverage.
The 2006 state law provided a blueprint for the 2010 Affordable Care Act signed by Obama.
Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters Monday that he thinks the state is as ready as it can be.
There will be some changes because the state law and the federal law it inspired aren't exactly the same.
One of the biggest changes here will be the rollout on Tuesday of an updated website for the Health Connector, Massachusetts' existing online marketplace.