Led by a California nonprofit, a group of 17 states has been collaborating for more than a year to develop tools for the insurance marketplaces the 2010 health care reform law says they must launch in 2014, the Washington Post reports.
The group includes blue states that have publicly endorsed the reform law, like California and New York. It also includes some red states, which have been fighting the law in court, including Kansas, New Mexico, Alabama, and Tennessee, the Post reports.
States that don't build the online insurance marketplaces, called exchanges, will have to use a system built by the federal government if the Supreme Court upholds the full health reform law. it is expected to rule by the end of the month.