WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Thursday cleared four Republican-led states to build their own health insurance exchanges.
With open enrollment for millions of uninsured Americans just nine months away — Oct. 1, 2013 — the four GOP-led states became part of a group totaling 17 states plus Washington, D.C., that have gotten an initial go-ahead to build and run insurance exchanges. Seven were approved Thursday.
The rest of the states are either pursuing partnerships with Washington or still mulling their options.
Two states, Arkansas and Delaware, have been approved for partnerships. That means a state will handle consumer issues and oversee health plans while Washington takes on the back-office tasks of enrolling consumers and determining subsidies.
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