SF Gate: States now must make call on Obamacare

Victoria Colliver
Published 11:37 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2012
Surrounded by Democratic leaders, President Obama reaches for a pen to sign the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press / SF  Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/States-now-must-make-call-on-Obamacare-4031359.php#ixzz2CQPbdszh

Surrounded by Democratic leaders, President Obama reaches for a pen to sign the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press / SF
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/States-now-must-make-call-on-Obamacare-4031359.php#ixzz2CQPbdszh

They have to work quickly.

By Friday, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia must let the Obama administration know whether they plan to set up their own insurance exchanges, a key element of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, or let the federal government do it for them.

They have until Dec. 14 to submit detailed blueprints on how they plan to create their exchanges, the virtual marketplaces where an estimated 12 million people will be able to get health coverage starting in 2014.

These exchanges, online portals run by the states or the federal government, will be the primary connection most people who are seeking coverage will have with the law. That’s where individuals, small employers and ultimately others will go to find a plan and figure out whether they will be eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay for their coverage.

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