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Time is running out to establish health care exchange

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An important decision is looming for the state. Michigan lawmakers and the governor have until Friday to decide if a state-run health care exchange is a good fit.

Gov. Rick Snyder has supported the state option, the senate also endorsed it. Lawmakers are not currently in session and the house declined to vote on the exchange before the election.

The health care exchange would provide a website where people or businesses could go to compare insurance policies.

Three options include a state exchange, partnering with the federal government or letting the federal government operate the exchange entirely.

"Obviously the governor had wanted to do a state exchange. Now we really need to look to see given the time tables and when things would actually need to be implemented if there really is still time to do that," said Geralyn Lasher, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder.

Michigan will have to submit its answer to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by Friday if it chooses to operate a state exchange. If the state chooses to go that route, detailed plans for a marketplace would be due by Dec. 14.

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