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February 14, 2013

Feds approve Ill. health exchange with conditions


Illinois officials expect 260 health plans to be offered by 16 different insurance carriers when the site is up and running.

The federal government's conditions include signing a memorandum of understanding with Washington for how Illinois will monitor and approve health plans sold on the exchange by March 1 and a separate memorandum of understanding for how the state will run consumer outreach activities by April 1.

The Sebelius letter sets a Feb. 28 deadline for the state to procure an information technology vendor for any customization needed for an existing rate filing platform.

The letter also requires Illinois to lay out in writing the role and responsibilities of the state's Medicaid agency and how it will coordinate work with the state's Department of Insurance to get ready for the exchange.


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