The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has announced that five states will receive grants to design the technology needed for health insurance exchanges.
States (and coalitions of states) have the opportunity to compete for the two-year “Early Innovator” grants, which will help pay the cost of developing and implementing the information technology infrastructure for establishing the exchanges. The models developed by the grant recipients will then be made available for other states to use to help establish their exchanges.
The grants will be awarded by February 15, 2011. They will be given to states with ambitious but attainable proposals that have the ability to generate IT models that can serve as best practices.
HHS has not determined how much money grant recipients will receive. Rather, HHS will look to the states to determine how much their proposals would cost.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”) requires states to implement the insurance exchanges by 2014, which are envisioned as websites to compare insurance plans.
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