Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, and West Virginia Receive Conditional Approval to Run State Partnership Marketplaces

HHS granted four more states conditional approval to operate state partnership health insurance marketplaces as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (111-148) continues to be put into action. Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, and West Virginia will have open enrollment available beginning in October 2013. Currently, 24 states and the District of Columbia have conditional approvals from HHS to partially or fully run their marketplaces.

HHS continues to offer states its support to help ensure they have everything they need to establish their marketplaces. HHS’ goal is that consumers in every state will be able to buy insurance from qualified health plans directly through the marketplace. In some cases tax credits and cost sharing assistance will be offered to eligible consumers to help lower their costs. The plans are also intended to guarantee consumers are no longer denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

Each state will a health insurance marketplace, either run by the state, in partnership with HHS, or run entirely by HHS. Some states have created informational websites that discuss what is available for its citizens. There are checklists available for small business and individuals and families who want information regarding how to prepare themselves when open enrollment begins in October 2013.