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Virginia gets more time to make federal health care decision

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia will have a bit more time to decide how it will implement an important part of the federal health care reform law.

The Commonwealth now has until December 14 to make a decision.

Leaders must choose from three options: to operate a health insurance exchange on its own, allow the federal government to do it, or contract it out to a private company.

Virginia was originally required to tell the federal government if it planned to set up a state run health care exchange by Friday. Governor Bob McDonnell requested an extension because he felt the federal government had not provided state leaders enough information to make a decision.

Democrats have accused the Governor of stalling the decision on purpose because of his opposition to the so-called "Obamacare" legislation.

The Governor's spokesperson said if a decision had to be made Friday, he would choose to default to the federal exchange due to the many unanswered questions.

Regardless of what choice is made, the final decision will be made by the general assembly in the upcoming legislative session.

Louisiana also has been granted a December 14 deadline.

Nebraska, South Carolina, Alabama, Kansas, and Florida have decided to leave their exchanges to the federal government.

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