The multi-state plan program — a little-publicized program that could give birth to a new breed of big, formidable health carriers — seems to be moving forward.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the agency in charge of regulating the MSPs, has not said much about the plans since it completed work on the regulations in March.

OPM and other agencies have not released the names of the carriers that have applied to participate in the MSP programBut White House officials suggested in May, in a vague memo, that MSPs could be operating in as many as 31 states next year.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.