GOP-led states start warming up to health care law

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | November 15, 2012 | 7:34 PM EST

FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. From the South to the heartland, cracks are appearing in the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's health care law. Gov. Scott, one of the most visible opponents of Obama's overhaul, now says "if I can get to yes, I want to get to yes." (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has given states another month to decide what role, if any, they'll play in carrying out the new health care law.

Instead of having to declare their intentions by Friday, states now have until Dec. 14, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter Thursday evening to Republican governors who had requested more time.

Most states are still expected to announce their choices by Friday, but a check by The Associated Press found that 16 states are still mulling over their decisions.

That includes Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott long opposed the law and now says he wants to work with the Obama administration. New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania are also in the undeclared column.