Contractor and consulting firm Accenture will develop the state health insurance exchange in California under a $359 million contract.

States are expected under the Affordable Care Act to establish online exchanges to ease comparison and purchase of health insurance by 2014. The California contract includes $183 million for initial HIX development and implementation by October 2013, and $176 million to continue development and cover operating costs for three-and-one-half-years.

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