NBC: States get more time for health exchange plans
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Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET, Nov. 9: There’s nothing like a deadline to focus the mind and states have a good one coming up next week – they have to decide if they're going to run their own health insurance marketplaces, called exchanges, or have the federal government do it for them.
But they got a little break late Friday -- if they do decide to run their own exchanges, they'll have until December 14 to submit their plans to the federal government.
It’s a big decision and a big responsibility. One of the main goals of the 2010 health reform law is to get more people covered by health insurance, so they can get medical care when they need it, and so they get care earlier, before easy-to-treat conditions like high blood pressure can cause expensive strokes or heart attacks.
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