Ten more states have submitted their plans to operate a state-based insurance exchange in 2014, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Monday, days after an extended deadline for states to apply for that calendar year.
That brings the tally to 18 states and Washington, D.C., of states that intend to operate their own exchanges in 2014, the inaugural year for these health insurance marketplaces. States have until mid-February to indicate if they want to operate an exchange in partnership with the federal government.
HHS received blueprint applications from California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Utah by last Friday's midnight deadline. Last week, HHS announced that it had granted eight states—Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York Oregon and Washington—as well as Washington, D.C., conditional approval of the plans those states had submitted to run their exchanges.