Report: Conn. stops implementing new healthcare regulations

"We have to draw the line in the sand at some point," the CEO of the exchange told the AP. "Not because we're trying to be contentious or confrontational or difficult," he said. "We're going to have a challenging enough time providing the quality of service that our residents deserve in Connecticut with the deadline that we have. If they keep adding new regulations, I'm sorry. We have to suddenly say, 'enough is enough.'"

The Obama administration delayed some key regulations until after the election, and states complained about the lack of guidance from the Health and Human Services Department on key provisions of the exchanges — such as new rules spelling out the benefits that every exchange plan will have to offer.

Exchanges are supposed to begin enrolling people in October for coverage that begins Jan. 1. Connecticut is among the small group of states building their own exchanges. Most states have left the task up to HHS.