|By Alex Nixon, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The Corbett administration has until Friday to let the
"We believe that it is time for the Commonwealth to follow the example of the 13 states that have already passed exchange legislation and begun the implementation process," state Rep.
"This is no longer an issue with a political solution; the time has come for Democrats and Republicans to work together to implement the federal law in a way that benefits the citizens of
Corbett, who opposed the health care reform law, has not made a final decision, an administration spokeswoman,
"We continue to have questions about how a state-operated exchange would function," she said.
State Insurance Commissioner
Cronkright said Sebelius has not answered the questions. "We prefer to make an informed decision" on the exchange, she said.
In addition to setting up and running its own exchange, the state has two other options. It could partner with the federal government on an exchange in which some aspects are run by the state, or it could let
"Regardless of who runs the exchange,
"At this point it is highly unlikely that
"Governors should join the growing chorus in sending a strong message to
"Exchanges raise prices on consumers and increase taxes on hard-working families," she said.
Consedine said last month that the state wouldn't have time to establish a state-run exchange by
"The new extended deadlines appear to indicate flexibility in the overall timeline, which we see as a positive development," she said.
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