Health and Human Services (HHS) officials said that federally run health insurance exchanges are on schedule for October enrollment. HHS Officials stated that the government is on track to start accepting insurance plan applications in April, and it currently is testing a data hub designed to confirm the eligibility of people seeking insurance in any of the federal exchanges.

The federal government will run exchanges in any state that declines to do so. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia have decided to manage their own exchanges. In addition, HHS has confirmed that the term “exchanges” will be replaced with “marketplaces” because “exchanges” does not have a Spanish translation.