Ohio to shed light on federal health care law intentions

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is about to shed light on its intentions regarding a key component of President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

Friday is the day states must declare if they'll build the new insurance markets, called exchanges, or let Washington do it for them. States can also opt for a partnership with the feds to run their exchanges, and they have until February to decide on that option.

Ohio is leaning toward a partnership, despite GOP officials' continued misgivings about the law.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who heads the state's insurance department, said this week that Ohio's goal would be to let the federal government run the exchange while keeping state authority to regulate the health insurance market, oversee health plans, and maintain decisions around Medicaid eligibility.

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