Open enrollment on the exchange for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Michigan residents begins Oct 1. Coverage kicks in Jan. 1, 2014.
The Snyder administration says spending the $31 million grant will save the state from having to spend its own money to make technology changes to link electronically with a federal exchange. It also argues that having a partnership will save Michigan insurers wanting to offer health plans on the exchange from an extra layer of regulation in Washington.
The exchange — likened to Travelocity or Expedia — will be used in part to determine people's eligibility for Medicaid and, if they buy private insurance on the exchange, whether they qualify for income-based federal aid to help pay their premiums.
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