At least one state in five is likely to have a state-run health insurance exchange after HHS provided conditional approval to two more such applications on Thursday. Also conditionally approved was the first exchange that a state will operate in partnership with the federal government.
Minnesota and Rhode Island were conditionally approved to operate a state-based exchange, and Delaware received a tentative go-ahead for a so-called state partnership exchange.
Eight other states and the District of Columbia have received conditional approval over the past week to operate their own exchanges.
“States across the country are working to implement the healthcare law and build a marketplace that works for their residents,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a news release. “In 10 months, consumers in all 50 states will have access to a new marketplace where they will be able to easily purchase quality health insurance plans.”