Update: Mississippi's Department of Insurance's spokesperson has told NU it will not apply for a state-federal health exchange partnership. Applications are due Feb. 15 for this model. It is unclear if the partnership model also requires the buy-in of the governor's office and other state agencies. Section 3.0 Eligibility and Enrollment under PPACA makes one of the requirements of a State-Based Marketplace a coordination strategy with other agencies administering Insurance Affordability Programs and the SHOP that enable the Exchange to carry out the eligibility and enrollment activities.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week rejected approval of the Mississippi insurance commissioner’s state-based exchange application, citing the opposition by the Mississippi governor as the key obstacle, a decision highlighting the divisive nature of the exchange process in some states.