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D.C. Gets $8.2 Million Health Insurance Exchange Grant

WI Web Staff Report | 8/15/2011, 9:03 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The District has received an $8.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the planning and implementation of efforts that will result in a certified District of Columbia Health Insurance Exchange program by January 2014.

The announcement for the Exchange Establishment grant, which was made Aug. 15 by officials for the District Department of Health Care Finance (DHCFT), will be used to update data and information for use in a preliminary planning effort for the program.

"We are delighted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized our efforts to implement an affordable health insurance exchange for District residents," said DHCFT Director Wayne Turnage. "Mayor [Vincent] Gray's Health Reform Implementation Committee and staff have been working hard to gain the input of District residents, small businesses and stakeholders as we move towards submitting our recommendations to the mayor."

As of Aug 12, thirteen states and the District of Columbia have been collectively awarded more than $185 million in Exchange Establishment grants