A new report from the White House has released a new report on the progress of health insurance exchanges in the U.S. The report shows that 28 states, as well as the District of Columbia, are making major strides in establishing their own exchanges. The exchanges are part of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2010. They are meant to bring affordable insurance options to consumers who have had trouble finding coverage in the past. Though many states have shown support for the idea of exchanges, the issue is still the target of controversy.
The report is meant to give the public an understanding of what states are doing to establish their exchange programs. Each state is taking a different approach to the issue – a fact that the Obama Administration wants to emphasize in order to show the public why some states have been slower to act on the exchange initiative than others. The report also serves as a benchmark for the other states still on the fence about exchanges. Several investigative initiatives from states looking into the benefits of having an exchange are outlined in the report in order to show states that the exchanges may not be as dubious as they may believe.
The administration believes that the report is a good indicator of how states are making progress toward establishing exchanges. The federal government has plans to release further progress reports regarding exchanges in the future.
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