Gov. Robert Bentley announced this afternoon that Alabama will not comply with a deadline in setting up state health insurance exchanges required under the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked states to submit lists of essential benefits, that would be models for plans offered on the exchanges, by today.
Bentley said the state would not submit the information because there had been a lack of guidance from the federal government.
"As you are aware, I am a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act," Bentley wrote to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"As both a physician and a governor, I have determined that it is irresponsible and short-sighted to make a decision on essential health benefits by confining the decision to a select few plans and without having been offered clear guidance from the federal government."
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