The Obama administration on Friday gave states more time to submit plans to set up state-based health insurance exchanges, a concession to the reality that many states had delayed planning until they saw who won the presidential election.
States will have to tell federal regulators that they plan to go ahead by next Friday, but they will have until Dec. 14 to submit plans for state-based, online markets, according to a letter to governors from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Those who want to partner with the federal government to set up the markets have until Feb. 15.
Florida is among the Republican-led states that have not taken action on the exchanges. After President Barack Obama won re-election this week, Gov. Rick Scott continued to voice opposition to the exchanges, though Republican legislative leaders showed signs of softening.