Deadline nears for health exchange decision in N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has just a few more days to make a key decision in how New Hampshire implements President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.

The state has until Thursday to declare whether it will partner with the federal government to operate the new insurance markets required under the law. The governor's spokesman has said she doesn't like the idea of leaving everything to the federal government, but she has yet to formally declare her intention to have the state enter a partnership.

Meanwhile, Hassan's legal counsel is meeting Tuesday with a legislative committee created to oversee the law's implementation. Some Republican members say they have great concerns about the regulatory burden and sustainability of a partnership and have urged Hassan, a Democrat, to delay making a declaration.


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