States decline to set up exchanges for insurance

Robert Pear and Abby Goodnough / New York Times News Service /

Published Nov 17, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

WASHINGTON — Georgia, Ohio and Wisconsin joined more than a dozen other states on Friday in saying they would not establish health insurance exchanges, while a handful of other states said they would take advantage of an extra month allowed by the Obama administration to make decisions.

The exchanges — online markets where consumers can shop for private insurance subsidized by the federal government — are a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The federal government will create and run exchanges in any state that is unable or unwilling to do so.