HHS is giving more time to states who want to do a partnership exchange. However, those states who want to run their own exchange still need to make their declarations by Friday, November 16th, but they now have until December 14th to send in their blueprint. The changes were announced in a letter from HHS Secretary Sebelius to governors sent on November 9th.
From the Sebelius letter:
- The deadline for a Declaration Letter for a State-based Exchange remains Friday, November 16, 2012. However, today, in order to continue to provide you with appropriate technical support if you are pursuing a State-based Exchange, HHS is extending the deadline for State-based Exchange Blueprint application submissions to Friday, December 14,2012. HHS will approve or conditionally approve the State-based Exchanges for 2014 by the statutory deadline of January 1,2013.
Additionally, if you are pursuing a State Partnership Exchange, we will accept Declaration Letters and Blueprint Applications and make approval determinations for State Partnership Exchanges on a rolling basis. The final deadline for both the Declaration Letter and Blueprint Application for State Partnership Exchanges that would be effective for 2014 has been extended to Friday, February 15,2013. And states will be able to apply to run Exchanges in subsequent years.
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