|By CARLA K JOHNSON; CARLA K JOHNSON The Associated Press|
toward carrying out the national health law in the state.
The milestone was celebrated with a press conference featuring Sebelius and Quinn at a
Conditional approval isn't unusual. All the federal government's approvals of health insurance marketplaces have been conditional so far, but deadlines set in the letter - including some for choosing contractors to do some of the work - will mean state officials remain under pressure to get the online marketplace up and running.
"I do think they can meet these conditions," said
The next step may be more difficult: Quinn hopes to get
Quinn, a Democrat, said Wednesday that a state-based exchange remains his goal, and that he has support from two key Democrats, House Speaker
"The speaker of the House and the president of the
Sebelius' letter acknowledges that "
The exchanges are a key part of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that is reshaping how Americans buy insurance.
Most Americans will be required to have health insurance, either through an employer, a government program, or by buying their own commercial plan. The subsidies available through the exchange would mean a
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The federal government's conditions include signing a memorandum of understanding with