Lynch allows NH health care bills to become law

July 14, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has allowed two Republican bills that set limits on implementing the federal health care law to become law without his signature.

One bill says no New Hampshire resident can be required to obtain or be fined for failing to be covered by health insurance. An exception is made for people required by a court or the state who are named in a judicial or administrative proceeding.

The second bill establishes an oversight committee whose approval the insurance commissioner must obtain before implementing the federal law. The bill directs the commissioner to return a $666,000 federal grant to plan a health exchange to promote competition among insurers and request that the money be used to reduce the federal deficit.