HHS Gives $220M to 13 States for Health Insurance Exchanges

The Department of Health and Human Services granted $220 million to 13 states to help them establish health insurance exchanges that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to an HHS news release.

The states that received this round of funding include Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Vermont. So far, 49 states and the District of Columbia have received grants, 45 states have consulted with consumer advocates and insurance companies and 13 states have passed health insurance exchange legislation.

HHS also released several "frequently asked questions" to the states on how they should set up the exchanges, according to the release. For example, HHS clarified that exchange grants can be used to build a state exchange that is operational after 2014, and it will offer more flexibility in determining eligibility for premium tax credits.

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