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Four more exchange partnerships are granted HHS approval

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave conditional approval to federal-state benefits exchange partnerships in four states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan. The announcement signifies nearly half of states have taken action to implement health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the department stated.

“Working together, we will be ready in seven months when consumers will be able to use the new marketplace to easily purchase quality, affordable health insurance plans,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

As of Thursday, 24 states and the District of Columbia have received conditional approval to operate an online healthcare marketplace independently or in partnership with the federal government. Governors of the other 26 states have asked Washington to run the exchanges on their behalf, claiming too little time, money or information prevented them from creating a system.

While HHS has granted states deadline extensions for decision announcements and blueprint submissions concerning benefits exchanges over the past year, the department insisted it will be ready to open enrollment on October 1 and activate markets on January 1 to provide U.S. residents with a platform to shop for and purchase coverage on, according to The Washington Times.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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