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Six States Receive Grants to Establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges

Publish Date: 6/6/2012

Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington have received more than $181 million in Establishment Grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

Affordable Insurance Exchanges are state-based insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act and are intended to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable for individuals and small businesses by increasing competition among private insurance plans and making consumers more informed. Starting on January 1, 2014, consumers will have access to coverage through an Affordable Insurance Exchange. If a state decides not to operate an Exchange, HHS will operate a Federally-facilitated Exchange. Alaska is the only state that has not applied for any Establishment Grants.

Because each state is approaching the development of Exchanges differently and at different paces, it is important for perioperative nurses to learn about the formation of the Exchange in their state to see how they can get involved to ensure perioperative nursing has a voice in their state’s selection of benchmark plans, determinations of governance boards and identification of essential community providers.

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