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Governor Chooses Hybrid Health Exchange Option

State officials have decided to choose a health exchange option that is a state-federal partnership. The Affordable Care Act requires states to declare by tomorrow whether they want a federal or hybrid exchange. Governor Bev Perdue announced the choice today in a news conference broadcast by News 14 Carolina, saying it's the best arrangement for the state to pursue right now.

Bev Perdue: "It allows the federal government to act as our partner. We've had discussions with the Secretary in Washington about this. And for the new incoming governor and the administration- it also is really important to them- it preserves their ability whatever their choices will be as an administration to move toward that decision fairly quickly."

Perdue says if the governor-elect and legislators decide they want an exclusively federal or exclusively state-run exchange, this choice allows them to change course. State officials have applied for a federal grant that will cover North Carolina's costs for the exchange.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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