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State-run health exchange sites to receive federal help

While many of the state-run health insurance marketplace sites have been successful from the beginning, others haven’t done well and have experienced technical glitches similar to the federal website. According to The Associated Press, the Obama administration took steps on Feb. 27 to help those states that need assistance with their sites.

CBS News reported only those who enrolled in insurance benefits through the federal and state-run marketplaces are able to quality for federal tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The subsidies make it easier for those on limited or tight budgets to afford healthcare because the credits reduces plan costs. However, it has been difficult for Americans to sign up for coverage through the public exchanges because they experienced technical glitches, leading many to turn to the individual market. The administration’s fix is to allow people to receive tax credits for buying insurance outside of the marketplace. The policy change is available to any state.

“We recognize that some states have experienced difficulties in processing automated eligibility determinations and enrollments, and (are) providing options to marketplaces to ensure eligible consumers have access to financial assistance and issuers are paid,” the administration said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

Maryland is one of the states that stands to benefit from the policy fix. 

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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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