28 States Awarded Insurance Exchange Grants

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded insurance-exchange establishment grants to 28 states, and several states have applied for grants that are expected to be awarded in February, according to a new report detailing how states are establishing the exchanges.

According to the report, which summarizes actions taken by 10 states to establish health insurance exchanges, officials in New Hampshire, Wyoming, Alaska and Wyoming are likely to pursue insurance exchanges in 2012.

HHS has awarded $729.5 million in planning grants, establishment grants, and innovator grants, according to the report. The agency said it is continuing efforts to develop a federal exchange for states that do not choose to create their own exchanges and will issue guidance in the coming months.

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