States’ Progress of Implementing Health Care Reform Reported

Today the White House has released a report on the status of each state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health care reform law passed in March of 2010.  With less than two months to go until the Supreme Court hears arguments on the historic  federal legislation, the White House’s report shows that 28 states were in the process of creating state-run Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

The report detailed the progress of implementation in 10 states: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.  According to the report, other states have moved towards the set up of exchanges: Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming.  The report also discussed the creation of partnership exchanges in which the state does not run a full exchange but rather shares these duties with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In addition, the HHS will be developing over the next several months a federally-facilitated exchange for states which choose not to create an exchange.  You can read the full report here.

-Jaime Venditti, 1/18/12