facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

21 states ready for healthcare exchanges

Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:59 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Illinois is the 21st state to be approved to operate a healthcare exchange, with enrollment to begin in October, a top U.S. health official said Wednesday.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the exchange -- called a State Partnership Marketplace -- would allow Illinois to make key decisions and tailor the available options to local needs and market conditions.

"I applaud efforts by Illinois to build a new health insurance marketplace," Sebelius said at a news conference in Chicago. "Working together, we will be ready in eight months when residents of Illinois will be able to use the new marketplace to easily purchase quality, affordable health insurance plans."

With today's conditional approval of Illinois, 20 states and the District of Columbia were conditionally approved to partially or fully run a marketplace -- with the remaining states having until Friday to apply.

Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses will next January have access to a new marketplace where they can access quality, affordable private health plans, Sebelius said.

The plans will ensure people have the same kinds of insurance choices as members of Congress and that they can't be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, Sebelius said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Study shows one dose of antidepressants changes the brain Study shows one dose of antidepressants changes the brain
2
CDC: Get your flu vaccine CDC: Get your flu vaccine
3
16 U.S. food makers surpass calorie-counting pledge 16 U.S. food makers surpass calorie-counting pledge
4
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
5
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback