HHS Gives Nod to Nine State Health Insurance Exchanges

According to a blog post by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, nine state Health Insurance Exchanges have been conditionally approved to open for business in 2014. The deadline for submitting an application to run a state exchange was due to HHS on December 14, 2012. 18 states and the District of Columbia submitted proposals for state exchanges. Of those, HHS approved the applications of Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia. No states have been rejected yet, while 10 are still awaiting HHS approval, including: California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Utah.