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States Face Health Benefit Exchange Deadline
Government Technology

For many states, the Jan. 1, 2014, deadline to establish online health benefit exchanges (HBEs) as set forth by the federal Affordable Care Act may seem like a distant goal rather than an immediate priority. But for those involved in the IT portion of building the exchanges, the timeline is alarmingly short given the variety of policy and technical issues each state must sort through to comply with the act.

Some states are ahead of the game when it comes to building HBEs, but are worried about systems integration, information sharing and expectations at the federal level, while others are still in the initial planning stages.