Several state-run public exchanges got a shot in the arm from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which awarded $187 million in grants to help develop their respective operational visions before federal funding runs out.
Nearly $100 million of those funds were earmarked for Arkansas, the only one of five grant recipients thats said to be actively working to establish its own solution. Arkansas, which has crafted an alternative to Medicaid expansion held up as a model for other conservative states, hopes that its SHOP exchange will be up and running by next year with an individual exchange to follow in 2017.
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