On December 20, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that three more states are on track to implement the health care law and establish health insurance marketplaces, or Exchanges, in their states. HHS issued the first conditional approval of a State Partnership Exchange to Delaware. Minnesota and Rhode Island are conditionally approved to operate a State-based Exchange.
The new conditional approvals follow those issued to Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington to operate State-based Exchanges.
The conditional approval provided to Delaware is the first of its kind and shows the progress Delaware has made ahead of the February 15, 2013, deadline to apply to operate a State Partnership Exchange. The State Partnership Exchange model is an option provided to states that want to manage part of the Exchange in 2014. A Partnership Exchange allows states to make key decisions and tailor the marketplace to local needs and market conditions. In addition to Delaware, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina have also expressed early interest in establishing a State Partnership Exchange.
To learn more about Exchange conditional approvals, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/factsheets/state-marketplaces.html