Illinois has received conditional federal approval for its plan to provide a health insurance marketplace where thousands of state residents will shop for insurance beginning Oct. 1.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a conditional approval letter today to Gov. Pat Quinn with a list of six conditions. Conditions include signing a memorandum of understanding with the federal government for how the state will monitor and approve health plans sold on the exchange by March 1 and a separate memorandum of understanding for how the state will run consumer outreach activities by April 1. Sebelius' letter acknowledges that ``Illinois is working under intense timelines.''
The state is partnering with the federal government to offer the online marketplace.
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