HHS approves three more state-based exchanges


"Each of these states has made significant progress, and in ten months will be ready for open enrollment where individuals will be able to purchase private health insurance plans."

The insurance exchanges are the centerpiece of President Obama's healthcare law and are intended to make buying coverage comparable to booking a flight or finding a compatible partner on Match.com.

Friday was the deadline for states to notify HHS of their decision to run an exchange, partner with the federal government or default to a federally run marketplace.

By The Hill's count, 22 states had chosen to default to a federal exchange by Friday morning.