It would be appropriate to say that 2012 was the Year of Health Insurance Exchanges in the U.S, with the State-Federal Partnership Exchanges and Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) taking center stage in the new healthcare reform developments. The year 2013 also shows signs of continuing in the same vein as last year. As a result, the hCentive team is diving deeper into the Partnership Exchange model to understand what this model entails and the flexibilities States’ will enjoy under this arrangement.
The combined efforts of the States and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the partnership model can help in establishing States’ exchanges and can lay the groundwork for a future transition to completely state-based exchanges. As of January 3, 2013, six U.S. States—Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, and West Virginia—have applied for State-Federal Partnership Exchange and 20 states have received approval for their State-based exchange design. The remaining U.S. states have additional leeway only until February 15, 2013 if they chose to apply for a State-Partnership Exchange.