States may elect to operate their own marketplace, have the federal government run their state's marketplace, or partner with the federal government and share responsibility for health plan management or consumer assistance duties. In 2014, 16 states and the District of Columbia will be running their own marketplaces, and 7 states will collaborate with the federal government in a partnership marketplace (1). Twenty-seven states defaulted to allow the federal government to operate their exchange, although some states are acting as “silent partners” on certain activities, such as health plan management and oversight. Utah has been approved to run its own small business health insurance marketplace, and the federal government will operate the state's individual marketplace. Marketplaces are intended to provide the same functions regardless of whether they'e operated by the state, federal government, or both.