The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded about $765 million in health insurance exchange construction grants to 8 states.
HHS is giving “Level One” grants, which are supposed to help states that are just starting to build their exchanges, to California, Iowa, Hawaii and New York.
California received $196 million; Iowa, $27 million; Hawaii, $62 million; and New York, $96 million.
The department is giving “Level Two” grants, which are supposed to go to states that already have started setting up exchanges, to Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada and Vermont.
Connecticut received $107 million; Maryland, $123 million; Nevada, $50 million; and Vermont, $104 million.
HHS is handing out the grants to implement the exchange provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
PPACA opponents continue to try to block implementation of the law in the courts and in Congress. If the law takes effect on schedule and works as drafters expect, states and HHS will set up exchanges, or Web-based health insurance supermarkets, for the individual and small group markets by 2014.