The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded another $220 million in grants to 13 states for creation of health insurance exchanges to enable individual and small business online purchasing of coverage.

The exchanges and funding are mandated under the Affordable Care Act, and HHS now calls the exchanges "Affordable Insurance Exchanges." HHS previously awarded about $1 million to states and territories for initial planning grants in July 2010, then made additional awards as states progressed in developing their programs.

Now, 12 states will start implementation work and another, Rhode Island, is getting funds for the second level of implementation. The other states receiving funds are Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Tennessee and Vermont. More information is available here.

HHS also has launched a Frequently Asked Questions page to guide policy development as many state legislative sessions start in January.


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