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REPORT: Building Mississippi’s health insurance exchange

Mississippi is moving forward to establish a state-based Health Insurance Exchange by the HHS deadline of January 1, 2014. The Mississippi Insurance Department has applied for and received federal grants to fund the development of the state’s Exchange... Approximately 275,000 Mississippians are anticipated to enroll in coverage through an Exchange once the ACA is fully implemented in 2014. Out of those expected to utilize Mississippi’s Exchange, approximately 229,000 should be eligible for premium subsidies, which will be administered by the federal government in the form of tax credits.

Legislation to create a Health Insurance Exchange has been proposed in Mississippi for several years. Through the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), grants have been made available to states to develop state-based Exchanges, alternatives to a federally run Exchange. This issue brief summarizes a report by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy on the current status of Mississippi’s Exchange.