Connecticut’s exchange approved by federal government

Connecticut is one of six states to receive conditional early approval to set up a health insurance exchange, through which residents can purchase health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act. The exchanges, which will go live in October of 2013, are a key part of providing health coverage to 32 million currently uninsured Americans by 2014.

According to a statement put out Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, states received the approval because they’ve made a lot of progress in setting up their exchanges. Other states to receive approval include Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Washington.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy a letter last week informing him of the approval. “Given all that is involved in launching a new program, I want to congratulate you on the progress the Connecticut Exchange has made in implementing a state-based exchange. We look forward to continued collaboration with you and the Connecticut exchange.”

Amanda Cuda