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Planning Grant

Kentucky received a $1 million exchange planning grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to research policy options, analyze the current insurance market, collaborate with other state agencies and assess information technology systems capabilities. The planning grant project period is for one year (Sept. 30, 2010 until Sept. 29, 2011).

Establishment Grant

Kentucky applied and was awarded a level one establishment grant. The grant application requested funding to continue Kentucky's planning for an exchange with a significant portion of the grant request for information technology systems (IT), including the definition of requirements, the procurement of an IT planning vendor, and assistance with drafting a Request for Proposal (RFP) for procurement of IT systems. Additional funding will support exchange financial management, program integrity, sustainability, actuarial services, consumer assistance and staffing. The establishment grant project is for one year (Aug. 15, 2011 until Aug. 14, 2012).

Kentucky applied and was awarded a second level one establishment grant. The commonwealth has made considerable progress in the planning efforts for a Health Benefit Exchange. While the planning activities outlined in the original level one grant will continue, the commonwealth has achieved an advanced state of readiness to proceed with development of the technology to support the HBE. Activities under this award include functional and technical design, business processes, sustainability, program integrity plan, Medicaid implementation Advance Planning Document and an RFP to build an end-to-end eligibility and enrollment system to serve both Medicaid and HBE participants. The establishment grant project is for one year (Feb. 22, 2012 until Feb. 21, 2013).