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McDonnell Chooses Federal Health Exchange for Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell
Gov. Bob McDonnell

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that the state will initially participate in a health insurance exchange system run by the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

Laura Vozzella writes McDonnell is considering whether to create a hybrid exchange that blends elements of the federal exchange with a state-based system.

The deadline for that decision is Feb. 15, Vozzella reports.

According to the Washington Examiner, McDonnell said on a Tuesday radio program he was leaning toward having the state rely on a federally-run system for uninsured state residents to shop for coverage.

Citing that interview with Norfolk-based WNIS radio, Steve Contorno reports McDonnell is also leaning toward opting out of a Medicaid expansion covered under the Affordable Care Act until more reforms are implemented.

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