A: Michigan is working toward establishing a federal-state partnership — one of three options for states. Officials say the federal government ultimately has responsibility for overseeing the partnership plans.
Q: How much money has been received so far from the federal government to do the initial work in setting up an exchange?
A: The state has received $31 million to conduct the activities under a partnership exchange and is working with lawmakers on receiving spending authority for that grant. Michigan previously received a $1 million grant to plan for an exchange and that has been spent. The state also received a $9.8 million grant to plan for a state-based exchange, but spending authority for that funding wasn't approved by the Legislature so that money returned to the federal government.
Q: How will residents access the exchange, and what kind of customer support will be offered?
A: State officials say they are working with the federal government, since it ultimately will determine how residents access it. The state says it's working to ensure it has local resources for exchange participants.