On Wednesday, HHS announced awards totaling $241 million for six states and a group of states to design and adopt the infrastructure needed to run health insurance exchanges, Modern Healthcare reports (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 2/16).
The awards were announced under the agency's "Early Innovators" initiative, in which states are selected to serve as models for the design and implementation of the IT infrastructure that runs state insurance exchanges under the federal health reform law (iHealthBeat, 11/1/10).
'Early Innovators' Recipients
Award recipients are:
- New York;
- Wisconsin; and
- A consortium of New England states led by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The funding primarily will be used to build existing frameworks already in place in each state. Most of the states plan to work with health departments and agencies to reduce administrative costs and give consumers easy access to health insurance information (Anderson, Healthcare IT News, 2/16).
Sharing of Ideas
According to HHS, the recipients of Early Innovators grants will share models that can be "adopted and tailored" by other states (Pecquet, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 2/16).
A list of how grant recipients will use the funding is available on the HealthCare.gov website.
Headlines and links to additional coverage of the HHS Early Innovators grants are provided below.
- "Feds Ramp Up Insurance Exchange Grants" (Goedert, Health Data Management, 2/16).
- "Kansas Getting $31.5 Million Health Exchange Grant" (McLean, Kansas Health Institute News, 2/16).
- "Kansas Receives $31.5M for Health Insurance Exchange" (Heck, Wichita Business Journal, 2/16).
- "Kansas To Get $31 Million To Help Develop Key Element of Health Care Reform Law" (Goldstein, Kansas City Star, 2/16).
- "Maryland Gets $6.2 Million for Health Exchanges" (Walker, Baltimore Sun, 2/16).
- "State Lands $37 Million Grant for Health Insurance IT Effort" (Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/16).