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HHS Issues Updated Blueprint for Health Insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act calls for the establishment by 2014 of “American Health Benefit Exchanges,” the principle purpose of which is to provide eligible individuals and small businesses with access to affordable health insurance under “Qualified Health Plans.”  On August 14, 2012, HHS issued its final “Blueprint for Approval of Affordable State-based and State Partnership Insurance Exchanges” (the “Blueprint”). The Blueprint explains and facilitates the application process. It also directs HHS to determine whether the State will operate reinsurance and/or risk adjustment programs or will use Federal government services for these activities.

Mintz Levin's Health Law Practice and Employee Benefits Practice have issued a joint Client Advisory, written by Gary E. Bacher and Alden J. Bianchi, regarding the Blueprint.

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