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Bill would lift gag on discussing NH exchange

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013

New Hampshire declined federal grants to plan for an exchange, but if New Hampshire chooses later to operate its own exchange, it can draw on the experiences of other states to reduce costs, Patterson said.

Commerce Chairman Ed Butler, the bill's sponsor, said his intention was simply to start the discussion the Republican-passed law squelched.

"It doesn't mandate it. It doesn't say we should go in that direction," said Butler, D-Harts Location.

Republican committee members asked why the state would want to operate an exchange if it cost taxpayers potentially millions of dollars to do so.

"All I'm saying is there might be a benefit. If it costs more, it probably would not make sense," Butler responded.