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November 16, 2012

Governor facing deadline today on setting up health care exchange

HARRISBURG — Today is the deadline for Gov. Tom Corbett to tell the federal government whether Pennsylvania will be setting up a health insurance market under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Corbett administration officials have said that they've put off development of the online exchange because too many questions about its cost and other operational details remain unanswered by the federal government.

The new insurance exchanges will allow households and small businesses to buy a private health plan, and many will get help from the government to pay their premiums. Under the law, states that can't or won't set up exchanges will have theirs run by the federal government.

But states considering a partnership with the federal government to run their exchanges have until mid-February to make a decision.

 

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