WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has given states another month to decide what role, if any, they'll play in carrying out the new health care law.
Instead of having to declare their intentions by Friday, states now have until Dec. 14, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter Thursday evening to Republican governors who had requested more time.
Most states are still expected to announce their choices by Friday, but a check by The Associated Press found that 16 states are still mulling over their decisions.
That includes Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott long opposed the law and now says he wants to work with the Obama administration. New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania are also in the undeclared column.
North Carolina's version of a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance will be run partly by the state and partly by the federal government.
Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday she's choosing a state-federal partnership to run the health insurance market required by the Affordable Care Act. She said North Carolina lawmakers failed to establish the framework for a state-run insurance exchange, and the only other option was unattractive because the federal government would run it all.
North Carolina also is asking Washington for money to help set up the marketplace of private health plans for those who now have the hardest time finding coverage.
Insurance Department spokeswoman Kerry Hall says the money would help with management, consumer assistance, and computer costs.