In 2014, consumers and small businesses will have access to new health insurance marketplaces (or Exchanges). Consumers in every state (including the District of Columbia) will be able to buy insurance from qualified health plans available through a marketplace and about 18 million Americans may be eligible for tax credits to help pay for their health insurance.
States across the country have received grants to establish a new marketplace. States can create and operate their own marketplace (State-based Exchange) or a hybrid called a State Partnership Exchange in which the state runs certain functions. A Partnership Exchange allows states to make key decisions and tailor the marketplace to local needs and market conditions. The Federal government will establish and operate a marketplace in those states that do not establish their own.
All marketplaces will launch open enrollment in October 2013.
Applications for approval of a State-based Exchange were due December 14, 2012, and applications to participate in a State Partnership Exchange are due February 15, 2013.A state must submit a Declaration letter conveying its intent to operate its own marketplace or partner with HHS. Declaration letters and other correspondence from States related to the Marketplace can be found here.
A list of conditionally approved marketplaces is below. To date, 18 states have been conditionally approved to operate State-based Exchanges and seven states have been conditionally approved to operate a State Partnership Exchange.
For further information, please contact the state directly. The applicable website's are indicated where available.
Updated: May 10, 2013