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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The governing board of New Mexico's health insurance exchange is to consider Friday whether to continue relying on a federal online system for enrolling individuals in medical plans.

Board vice chairman Jason Sandel said Thursday that he expected members to decide at a meeting in Santa Fe how to handle the next round of enrollment, which will start in November.

The exchange serves as a marketplace for buying medical coverage.

New Mexico has been using a federally operated exchange to determine eligibility and enroll individuals, but the system was plagued with technical problems when it started last year.

Sandel said he wants to switch to a state-run computer system for enrolling individuals this fall. Businesses have been using the state's system since last year.

However, some board members have questioned whether New Mexico should stick with the federal system for another year to ensure the state computer will be ready to enroll individuals trouble-free.

Nearly 35,000 New Mexicans signed up for insurance plans offered by private insurers through the federal online marketplace through mid-April, according to the state insurance superintendent's office.

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