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$224 million awarded for health insurance exchange efforts

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $223,695,549 to six states today (Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia) to help establish their health insurance exchanges (HIXs). Today’s awarded states are receiving Level One Establishment grants, except D.C., which received a Level Two grant. The funds are expected to further help states move forward with steps in creating the insurance marketplaces. So far, 49 states have received grant funding to build exchange infrastructure, and the grant opportunities will not stop now! States will continue to be able to apply for grants through 2014; awarded funds can be used during the first year the systems are operational.
 
Here’s a breakdown of today’s awards:
  
Arkansas: The Arkansas Insurance Department received $18,595,072 to work in partnership with HHS and other federal and state stakeholders to fully implement plan management and consumer assistance components of the federal exchange.
Colorado: The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange received $43,486,747 to establish services and systems that will help launch the new insurance exchange.
Kentucky: The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services received $4,423,000 to support the operational plan that outlines the planning, functional and technical design of the state exchange.
Minnesota: The Minnesota Department of Commerce received $42,525,892 to support new contracts to assist in the development of brokers/navigators and consumer services programs for the exchange, and continued work related to financial management and consulting.
Massachusetts: The Commonwealth Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority received $41,679,505 to assist the Health Connector in efforts to successfully transition to a state-based exchange consistent with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
District of Columbia: The District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance received $72,985,333 to provide assistance to hire staff and consultants to manage activities related to the creation and first year of operations for testing and enhancement of the exchange.
 
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