This week in Washington—another exchange deadline passed. You are tuning in to the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems health policy update for the week of Feb. 18, 2013.
States had until Feb. 15 to let the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) know whether or not they will pursue a federal-state partnership exchange. Iowa and New Hampshire submitted their paperwork by the Feb. 15 deadline. Illinois and Arkansas will also pursue the partnership exchange and have already received conditional approval from HHS for their plans.
Citing lack of information from HHS or delays in state preparedness, a number of states have indicated they will not pursue a partnership exchange and will look to the federally-facilitated exchange. Those states include North Carolina, New Jersey and Tennessee. All eyes have been on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to make a decision on the direction for his state. As of the Friday deadline for the partnership exchange, Florida had yet to give any indication as to which exchange structure it will pursue.
Meanwhile, Mississippi’s proposal for its state-based exchange was denied by HHS. HHS cited the lack of support from the Governor as the basis for their decision. HHS has urged Mississippi to look at the partnership as an option for its state.
Thanks for listening to another edition of This Week in Washington. I’m Zina Gontscharow; join us next week for another update.