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April 16, 2014

HHS Extends State Exchange Deadline Yet Again

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a letter to governors once again extending the deadline for states to decide whether to enact their own health insurance exchanges.  Earlier this week we reported that HHS was allowing states until December 14th in which to submit their blueprint applications, but that letters of intent were still due on Friday, November 16th.  On the eve of the deadline, HHS announced that states will now have until Friday, December 14th in which to submit both their letter of intent and blueprint application.

Unless Congress acts to amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance exchanges – whether offered by the states, through a federal-state partnership, or offered by the federal government – will go live January 1, 2014.  Enrollment in the exchanges is set to begin in October 2013 – eleven months from now.  With some key regulations still yet to be finalized, questions remain whether there is enough time to get the exchanges off the ground by the January 1, 2014 deadline.

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Medicare Reimbursement and Health Policy Director

Anna Schwamlein Howard is the Medicare Reimbursement & Health Policy Director in the firm’s Health Government Relations team.

A nationally recognized authority on health care reform issues, Anna has considerable experience in government relations and regulatory affairs. Specifically, she has extensive knowledge with the Medicare Modernization Act, medical privacy and prescription drug issues, Medicare physician payment legislation, the Affordable Care Act, and other federal health issues impacting the lives of older Americans.

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