The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is lowering the bar for states that might want to set up their own health insurance exchange programs.
Originally, HHS had asked states that want to build their own exchanges to submit a detailed exchange construction "blueprint" by Nov. 16 -- Friday.
Sebelius noted that the deadlines are for states that want to have state-based exchanges or partnership exchanges up and running in 2014.
"States will be able to apply to run exchanges in subsequent years," Sebelius said. "We are committed to providing you with the flexibility, resources, and technical assistance necessary to help you achieve successful implementation of your state's exchange and look forward to continuing your work with you as we implement the health care law."