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The second year open enrollment period for private insurance plans offered through state and federal marketplaces runs for three months, Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2015. Results through Jan. 16, 2015 show about 7.8 million new and renewed enrollees in state and federal run plans. The sales sites serve both brand new applicants and some of the enrollees from 2014 who may want to change plans for 2015.  NCSL's report has the 50-state history and this year's plans.  A 60-page supplement details each state.




Exchanges are, for most states, new entities that will function as a marketplace for buyers of health insurance, giving them options & prices for health coverage. The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance exchanges to be established and working by 2014 in every state. The ACA gives states the option to establish one or more state or regional exchange(s), or partner with the federal government to run certain functions of the exchange. If a state chooses not to create an exchange, the federal government will set up the exchange(s) in the state.  Seventeen states will run their exchanges, seven will  partner with the federal government and the other have deferred to the federal government to run them. 

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