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California Health Benefit Exchange Receives Approval from Obama Administration

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that California received approval to operate a state-run health insurance Exchange. California was one of seven states (also including HI, ID, NV, NM, VT, and UT) that received approval for this type of Exchange, and this group of states joins 11 others (CO, CT, DC, KY, MA, MD, MN, NY, OR, RI, and WA) that had previously received approval for state-run Exchanges. In addition, Arkansas received approval to operate an Exchange in the state-federal partnership model; Delaware had already received approval for a such an Exchange.

The remaining 31 states will either have a state-federal partnership or a federally operated Exchange. Most of these states have Republican governors who are strongly opposed to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These states will have until February 15, 2013 to decide whether to implement an Exchange in partnership with federal government or to have an Exchange operated by the federal government.

In today’s announcement, HHS also provided guidance on the state partnership Exchange model.


To view the HHS news release about the announcement: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/01/20130103a.html

To view the federal guidance released today:  http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/files/partnership-guidance-01-03-2013.pdf

For more information about Exchanges:  http://www.healthcare.gov/exchanges





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