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While state health insurance exchanges are set to open for enrollment on Oct. 1, Reuters reported President Barack Obama’s administration has yet to sign final agreements with insurance providers.

According to the source, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently informed insurance companies that will be selling their plans on the exchanges that the agency won’t sign final agreements as soon as previously estimated. HHS had plans to finalize the agreements Sept. 5-9, but may not be able to until midway through the month. Although the reason remains unclear, Reuters reported the small postponement may add to the increasing list of challenges states are facing before the enrollment period.

In fact, Fierce Healthcare reported the Oct. 1 date may not be as important to states as many consumers may believe. According to the source, many states see the deadline as an unofficial soft launch as some are predicting it will take them until Jan. 1 to complete exchange websites and smooth out any challenges.

Many states feel the opening of the health insurance exchanges will be more of a beta launch, and the HHS delay may not be as troublesome as some may think.

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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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