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Healthcare reform: Clock ticking on states to set up exchanges or bow to feds

United Press International, November 26, 2012
Deadlines are looming for states to set up healthcare exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They can either run their own, opt for the federal government to take care of it or set up a partnership with the feds. FL, ID, IN, MT, NJ, PA, TN, UT, VA and WV were undecided as of Friday and have until Dec. 14 to decide whether to go it alone or until Feb. 15 to decide whether to partner with the Department of Health and Human Services or let the federal government run the whole exchange. Six states are planning to go into partnership with the federal government, 17 states have opted to relinquish control, and the other 17 states opted for the do-it-yourself approach so far.