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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded an announcement made by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Dr. Don Berwick that Washington State will be one of the first states to receive funding to help implement a Health Insurance Exchange, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. Washington state will receive $22 million to implement an Exchange that will provide individuals and small businesses with a one-stop shop to find and compare health insurance options.

“I’m so pleased that Washington is one of the first states to receive this critical funding to lower the costs of health care for families and small businesses,” said Senator Murray. “Providing people with greater access to health care coverage was the primary goal of our efforts to reform the health insurance system. This funding will help Washington state continue leading the way toward meeting that goal.”

The funding awarded to Washington state from the Affordable Care Act will be used to develop policy options and recommendations that will be used to implement the Exchange, as well as to develop health information technology systems that will support the Exchange.