Colorado is getting a $1 million federal grant to help plan for new health insurance exchanges.

The grant, announced today, will help pay for the consumer-centered private health insurance marketplace required by federal health care reform.

The exchanges will put greater control and greater choice in the hands of individuals and small businesses.

Gov. Bill Ritter says the state-based exchanges being drafted by the Legislature will make purchasing health insurance easier by providing eligible consumers and businesses with one-stop-shopping where they can compare and buy health insurance coverage.