New York has received a new $95.5 million federal grant to support development of an affordable health insurance exchange.
It is the state’s fifth grant for this purpose. Although we first reported that the state had received five new grants, four of them had been awarded previously.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the new award Thursday, bringing New York’s total in federal support for the health insurance exchange to $183.2 million.
“We continue to support states as they move forward building an exchange that works for them,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “Thanks to the health care law, Americans will have more health insurance choices and the ability to compare insurance plans.”
The governor’s office and the state health department were not immediately available for comment.
The new grant, a level one establishment grant, provides one year of funding to states that have already started building their exchange. This is the state’s third grant of that type. New York had previously received $48.5 million and $10.7 million in level one grants, as well as a $27.4 million early innovator grant and a $1 million planning grant.
Previously, 49 states, the District of Columbia and four territories received grants to begin planning their exchanges. With today’s awardees, 34 states and the District of Columbia have also received establishment grants.
For more detail on New York’s awards, click here.