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HHS grants conditional approval to six state insurance exchanges

December 10, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services has granted conditional approval to six state plans to establish health insurance exchanges: Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Washington, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. "We will make many more announcements like this in the weeks and months to come and expect that the majority of states will play an active role operating their Exchanges," Sebelius said. States that choose to run their own exchanges must submit a blueprint for their exchange to HHS by Dec. 14, and those opting for a partnership exchange must submit a blueprint by Feb. 15, 2013.