Fla. and N.H. Have yet to Decide on Health Exchange Implementation under the ACA

hhsNew Hampshire and Florida missed the December 14 deadline to build a health insurance exchange system under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a Washington Post article.

N.H. passed a law which bars the creation of a state-based exchange in September, but they still have the option to utilize the federal government’s partnership exchange.

The state has until February 15 to decide if they will opt for the partnership model and if they fail to do so, N.H. would be subjected to a federal-operated exchange in default.

Florida has showed opposition to the Affordable Care Act since it was enacted in March 2010. State leaders claim they missed the December deadline due to deficient information about the exchange’s operational cost.

Amanda White, Deltek research analyst and author of the article, predicts Fla. may have no choice but to go with the federal exchange by default because the February 15 deadline is so near and they have yet to formulate a decision on the partnership model. .

Both states may still look for contractor services for consumer-assistance services even if they are subjected to a federal exchange.

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