In a few more states, the “exchange trains” have left the station! Exchange development is moving forward as ten states—Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee—received a combined total of $229 million in Exchange Establishment Grants. This is the first establishment grant for five of these states (Arkansas, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania), and the second establishment grant for the other five.
With the addition of these states, a total of 34 states have now taken advantage of federal funding to help plan, design, and implement health insurance exchanges. States will use the funding to prepare their enrollment and eligibility systems for the major coverage expansion that will take place in January 2014. This preparation includes:
- Redesigning IT systems to integrate enrollment processes and eligibility determinations across health care and human services programs
- Establishing consumer-friendly enrollment processes, including robust navigator and consumer assistance programs
- Engaging in other tasks to make the sure exchanges are up and running by January 2014
Remember, any state can apply for an exchange establishment grant to support the costs associated with creating an exchange, even if the state plans to have a federal or partnership exchange rather than a state-operated exchange.]]>