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Florida did not notify the federal government on Friday whether it will set up a statewide benefits exchange, which means it’s extremely likely the state will take part in a nationwide system.

If states intend to run an exchange, they had to submit a letter to Washington by Friday. Florida did not send such a letter, Katie Betta, a spokesperson for Senate President Don Gaetz, wrote in an an email to Jackson Business Journal.

State officials and Governor Rick Scott have said they lack too much information from the federal government to create a local system, the newspaper reports.

“At this time we do not have sufficient information on the cost of implementing a state healthcare exchange to Florida taxpayers, Florida businesses or Florida health insurance purchasers,” said Jackie Schutz, a spokesperson for the governor’s office. “We are looking forward to getting more information from Health and Human Services and the president.”

Scott’s administration is trying to meet with Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, Schutz told the newspaper.

Several Florida lawmakers were among the government officers who challenged the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court.

As of today, 25 states have chosen a federal exchange, 17 states and D.C. intend to create a statewide system and 7 are choosing a hybrid state-federal exchange, according to KFMB-TV.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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