Progress report: States move toward exchange readiness

With only three months left before enrollment in the health insurance exchange opens, much work remains before the online marketplaces are ready. Here's where some states operating their own exchange stand, according to the Commonwealth Fund.


  • A call center to help people enroll will open on Sept. 3
  • A recently released bulletin explains what services consumer assistance partners can provide


  • Fifty-eight organizations will receive $17 million to help people enroll in the exchange


  • The insurance commissioner recommended excluding Anthem Blue Cross from its exchange for small business
  • Aetna and UnitedHealth announced they won't sell individual plans in California in 2014
  • Acupuncture is now an essential health benefit


  • Insurers submitted proposed rates and they are currently under review

To learn more:
- read the Commonwealth Fund article