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New Hampshire bill would allow state-based insurance market

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CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire opted not to set up its own insurance marketplace under President Obama's health care overhaul law, but that would change under a bill before a Senate committee.

The Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that would repeal the prohibition on a state-based health exchange enacted by the previous Legislature. It also would repeal the joint health care reform oversight committee, which was created to oversee implementation of the federal law.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Peggy Gilmour of Hollis, also would require insurance companies to create broad provider networks for individual plans sold through the marketplace. Currently, there is only one company selling health insurance through the marketplace, and it has been criticized for its narrow provider network.

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