On October 26, 2012, New York submitted its Blueprint application to HHS for approval to operate a state-based health benefit exchange. NYS submitted aDeclaration Letter on July 9, 2012 and an updated Declaration letter on November 14. The Blueprint submission was in advance of the November 16th deadline set by HHS. HHS expects to formally approve applications and make certification decisions by January 1, 2013. Click here to view the Blueprint application documents.