States needed to declare their intentions to run a state-based exchange by Nov. 16. However, Secretary Sibelius sent governors a letter stating that "in order to continue to provide you with appropriate technical support if you are pursuing a State-based Exchange, HHS is extending the deadline for State-based Exchange Blueprint application submissions to Friday, December 14, 2012." embed letter States likely to declare that they would run their own exchanges are thought to be Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada and New Mexico. In addition, Sebelius announced that for states electing a state partnership exchange, in which the federal government would assist with exchange operations, applications would be accepted on a rolling basis, with a final exchange blueprint application due by Feb. 15.