Gary Cohen: 14 States, DC to Run Own Health Exchanges

StethescopePCFourteen states and the District of Columbia will operate their own health insurance exchanges and start enrolling customers in October 2013, David Morgan reports for Reuters.

Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, told a House panel last week he believes states and the federal government will be ready to accept applications from consumers in 10 months.

The federal government would be required to run exchanges in least 30 states under that Affordable Care Act mandate, Morgan writes, with Friday being the deadline for states to decide whether to set up their own exchanges or rely on a federally-run system.

(click here for our coverage of Virginia’s decision to initially have a federally-run exchange)

Citing the Kaiser Family Foundation, Morgan writes Utah and Florida remained undecided as of Friday.

Enrollees in the exchanges would receive coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014, according to the report.

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