WhatleyKallas Continues to Monitor Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

A  number of states are moving forward to develop state based insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. HHS gave conditional approval the week of Dec. 10 to Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington to create state-based exchange. Conditional approval means HHS has found that the eight states and the District of Columbia have made enough progress in setting up their own exchanges for individuals and small group plans that they are likely to be ready to take applications when open enrollment begins Oct. 1, 2013. Plans sold in the online markets will take effect in 2014. Applications for state based exchanges have been filed by California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Utah. HHS is to act on the applications by Jan. 1.