The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of up to $1 million per state to help states begin the work of planning and establishing their health insurance exchanges. Under healthcare reform, each state has the option to establish its own exchange or partner with other states to operate a regional exchange. The exchanges will provide consumers with “one-stop shopping” for health insurance products, which will be subject to quality and coverage standards outlined in the Affordable Care Act. The recently announced grants will assist states with the research and planning activities needed to determine how the exchanges will be operated.
The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2010. More details are available from HealthCare.gov.
HHS has also issued a request for public input as the agency develops standards for the exchanges. Comments are due by Oct. 4, 2010. Addtional information is available from HealthCare.gov.