Manatt Professional Interviewed on State-Based Health Exchanges

Health Exchanges’ Futures Remain in Doubt Despite New Grants
– American Medical News

Manatt’s Patricia M. Boozang, a managing director with Manatt Health Solutions, spoke to American Medical News about states meeting the November 16 deadline to file their health exchange proposals.

American Medical News reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently granted new federal funds totaling more than $181 million to six states that plan to build state-run exchanges under the national health system reform law. States have until mid-November to file exchange blueprints with HHS.

The proposals will function as a conditional approval mechanism, an acknowledgment that “a lot of states will be on a state-based exchange path but won’t be certified as ready to launch in every functional area,” said Boozang. Given the level of activity in states to plan for these exchanges, Boozang said many of them are expected to submit proposals in November.

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