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NH Senate considers returning $333K to feds

April 22, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—The Republican-controlled Senate is considering whether to follow the lead of the House and return $333,000 of a $1 million federal government award to New Hampshire for planning a state health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

The House voted last month to send back the money so the state would not be obligated to participate in the program. The other $667,000 has already been refused by the state. The Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on the bill Tuesday.

Last year, lawmakers passed laws that said no resident can be required to obtain or be fined for failing to be covered by health insurance and established an oversight committee whose approval the insurance commissioner must obtain before implementing the federal law.

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