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Obama Administration Gives States Extra Time on Health Exchanges

The Obama administration gave states extra time to work toward setting up new health insurance exchanges, days after President Barack Obama’s re-election ensured the survival of his healthcare reform law...
November 15, 2012

The Obama administration gave states extra time to work toward setting up new health insurance exchanges, days after President Barack Obama’s re-election ensured the survival of his healthcare reform law. The move is seen as a concession to dozens of states that delayed compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until after the Nov. 6 election. Opponents of the plan had hoped a victory for Republican Mitt Romney would ultimately result in the law’s repeal.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a Nov. 9 letter to governors that the administration still expects states to declare whether they intend to operate their own exchanges by next Friday. But they now have until Dec. 14 to file blueprints showing how they would operate the marketplaces. So far, about 13 states are well on their way to setting up their own exchanges. States can also choose to develop their exchange in partnership with the federal government. As many as 30 could go that route.

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