On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extended the deadline to December 14 for states to submit letters of intent to build state-based health insurance exchanges. The original deadline had been today, Friday, November 16.

Secretary Sebelius’ letter announcing the extension was in response to a request by the Republican Governors Association for additional time.  In her letter, Secretary Sebelius indicates that states have until December 14 to submit both a letter of intent and an application for the state to run its own state-based exchange.  States have until February 15, 2013, to apply to run its exchange in partnership with the federal government.