States Have Decided Who They Want to Run Their Health Insurance Marketplaces Next Year

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The Affordable Care Act has just passed a new milestone: All states have committed to what kind of health insurance marketplace, also referred to as an exchange, they want in their states starting in January 2014. <br /><br />
In an <a href="/blog/2011/affordable-care-acts-health-insurance-marketplaces-progress-report">updated blog post</a>, Sara R. Collins and Tracy Garber outline the states' plans. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have received conditional approval from HHS―a short list of issues remains for final approval―to operate a state-run marketplace. Meanwhile, seven additional states have submitted applications, and three have won conditional approval, to run their marketplaces in partnership with the federal government. Twenty-six states have indicated that they will neither operate their own marketplaces nor apply for a state–federal partnership. In these states, HHS will operate a federally facilitated marketplace. <br />
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"It is critical that federal and state officials press forward in their work to prepare the marketplaces for open enrollment that will begin in October this year, regardless of the type of marketplace that states select," Collins and Garber write. <br />
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See our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=12838A3B138F456D8AC955E4202C70E6&_z=z">interactive map</a> for details on the state approaches. <br />