CONCORD — The New Hampshire House has agreed to Senate changes to a bill blocking implementation of health insurance exchanges under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The bill now goes to Gov. John Lynch for his signature.
House Bill 1297 would prevent state officials from implementing a state-run exchange, but some senators worried the bill would hamstring the state Insurance Department from even talking with federal officials.
The Senate version allows state officials to work with Washington, D.C., if the Obama administration decided to set up a federally facilitated exchange.
The national health-care law encourages states to set up central exchanges for those who are uninsured. New Hampshire is one of several states to send back exchange planning grants.