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In the week following the New Hampshire Senate’s rejection of federal funding to educate residents about the Affordable Care Act, the state’s House and Senate are working on a new bill aimed at defining healthcare rules to accommodate the federal legislation.

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced last year that New Hampshire would develop a healthcare exchange – a marketplace for individuals and consumers seeking to purchase insurance coverage – in partnership with the federal government.

The state insurance commissioner has urged legislators to adopt a bill that would implement various changes to preserve the state’s control over insurance plan regulation as benefits providers seek to sell their products on the exchange. However, critics state such legislation would put all the responsibility in the hands of the state. 

On Wednesday, House and Senate negotiated came up with a three-paragraph bill to replace the original 15-page draft, the source reported.

Critics of the new legislation, including the insurance commissioner, stated it doesn’t ensure the state’s control over healthcare in New Hampshire and gives the federal government the ability to regulate all health insurance products sold in the state, not just those sold on the benefits exchange.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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