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Published November 08, 2012, 02:20 PM

Election clears path for Minnesota health exchange

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers boycotted Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's effort to develop an online health insurance marketplace this year, holding out for repeal of the federal health care law.

By: MARTIGA LOHN,Associated Press, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers boycotted Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's effort to develop an online health insurance marketplace this year, holding out for repeal of the federal health care law.

Now they will watch from the sidelines as Democrats who won control of the Minnesota Legislature on Tuesday help Dayton move forward with the law.

Minnesota is one of just a handful of states expected to create its own health insurance exchange where consumers can compare and buy health insurance. States that aren't going that route are expected to get a less customized federal version.

The state faces a deadline next week to update the federal government on its progress toward having its exchange ready for customers by October.

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