Webinar: Health Exchanges: Understanding State Options and Deadlines

States are taking significant action to establish health insurance exchanges required under the Affordable Care Act.

That’s according to Steve Larsen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who took part in a Dec. 6 webinar, “Health Exchanges: Understanding State Options and Deadlines,” sponsored by The Council of State Governments.

Twenty-eight states have received establishment grants that will help them set up the state-run health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Under the law, states must receive approval for their exchange by Jan. 1, 2013, and have the exchanges ready for operation by Jan. 1, 2014.

During the webinar, Larsen reviewed the goals of the state health insurance exchanges and the support provided by the federal government to assist states to plan for implementation of health insurance exchanges. Larsen fielded questions from webinar attendees about states’ options for exchanges.

One of the bottom lines from Larsen was that federal financial assistance to state to plan for exchange implementation will end after 2014. “The benefit of moving forward now with an exchange is the availability of federal funding,” Larsen said.

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“Health Exchanges: Understanding State Options and Deadlines"