The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 16, 2012

Fallin delays decision on Okla. insurance exchange


Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is delaying a decision on whether the state will set up its own health insurance exchange or allow a federal model to be established in Oklahoma.

Fallin’s office announced Friday the governor decided to delay her decision after the federal government extended the deadline for states to provide notice if they plan to set up an exchange, which is an online health insurance marketplace where people can shop for coverage.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notified members of the Republican Governor’s Association on Thursday that states now have until Dec. 14 to notify her office if they plan to operate a state exchange.

Fallin last year rejected $54 million in federal grant money to establish a state exchange.