NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says part of the delay in deciding whether Tennessee will design its own health insurance exchange required under the new federal health care law is finding out how much flexibility the state would have.
The Republican governor spoke to reporters on Tuesday at the conclusion of budget hearings for state departments.
States have until Friday to inform the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services if they plan to set up their own health insurance markets.
Haslam, who opposes the new health care law, says he's waiting on answers from federal officials on the flexibility issue.
He stopped short of saying the state would design its own, instead saying in such a case that the state could run it better and more inexpensively than the federal government