The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is getting the federal clearance it needs to carry out some of the activities related to setting up the state-based health insurance exchange program.
CMS, an arm the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), talks about its plans for a request for comments on information collection proposals filed with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The Paperwork Reducation Act of 1995 requires CMS to get OMB approval before collecting some types of information.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) calls for federal and state agencies to set up state-based health insurance exchanges, or Web-based insurance supermarkets, that will sell coverage to individuals and small businesses.
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States can choose whether to run their own exchanges, participate in multi-state exchange consortiums, or let the federal government provide exchange services for their residents.
One of the new types of information collection activities involves a PPACA health insurance exchange “cooperative agreement.”
CMS would use the collection to get reports from state governments that have received federal health insurance exchange establishment grants.
HHS expects to explain how the exchange establishment grants will work June 15, and states and the District of Columbia will have 10 opportunities to apply for funding, officials say.
The first round of applications will be due Aug. 1. The last will be due Nov. 3, 2014.