Kentucky, New York and Washington, D.C., received conditional approval Friday to run their own health insurance exchanges, which means at least eight states and the nation's capital will launch their own such marketplaces in 2014.
HHS announced conditional approval for six other states—Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Washington—this week.
“We will work closely with approved states to ensure they meet deadlines and are ready for open enrollment in October 2013,” Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, director of Coverage Policy Programs, Office of Health Reform at HHS, said in a call with reporters.
The states are among those that previously received federal grants to help fund the development and modernization of the IT systems and business systems needed to operate exchanges.
Friday also was the deadline for states to submit their plans for operating their own exchanges, however, HHS officials refused to release the number that have submitted such plans since states have until midnight to do so. Today's deadline was originally Nov. 16 before a last-minute delay by HHS.