DETROIT (AP) - Michigan has run out of time to create and control a website for purchasing health insurance as required by federal law and "must prepare" for Washington to call the shots, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday.
The Republican governor sought a state-driven online health insurance exchange so a federal partnership wouldn't be needed. The program is required under the federal health care law and designed to help individuals and small businesses comparison shop for insurance policies.
The Republican-controlled state Senate approved the exchange last year, but the GOP-led House has balked because members fear such an agreement could hurt them this November with voters who object to government control.
"This is an unfortunate decision as the governor continues to believe that Michiganders would be much better served with our own state-controlled exchange rather than the feds making those decisions for us," Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said in an email. "However, given the current timelines and parameters, and since the House didn't take action on the Michigan health insurance exchange ... that's the path we must take."