Reform Alert - News from the Blues' Office of National Health Reform

State preparing for federal Exchange or state-federal partnership Exchange

Aug. 24, 2012

Gov. Snyder confirmed this week that Michigan will not pursue a state-based Exchange at this time and will instead prepare for a federal Exchange or a state-federal partnership.

The Affordable Care Act requires that every state must implement a health insurance Exchange by Jan. 1, 2014. If a state does not establish a state-based Exchange, the federal government will run the Exchange on behalf of the state. The state could still decide to apply for a formal state-federal partnership model for the Exchange. Michigan is required to inform the federal government of its intent by Nov. 16, 2012.

BCBSM has taken this information into consideration as it plans for PPACA provisions around the Exchange.

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