The Obama administration is giving states extra time to decide whether they'll work on implementing a key feature of health reform.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told state governors in a letter Friday that they can have another three months to decide if they will split the task of running an exchange with the HHS or if they want to leave it entirely up to the government.

Sebelius said she still wants states to tell HHS their intentions by the original Nov. 16 deadline, but they now have until Dec. 14 to submit blueprints showing how they would operate the exchanges. Those who want to partner with the federal government have until Feb. 15 to tell the federal government so.

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