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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Two state agencies are recommending that New Hampshire partner with the federal government to operate the new insurance marketplaces required under the U.S. health care overhaul law.

The state has until Feb. 15 to decide whether to enter a partnership or leave most duties to the federal government.

The state insurance and health commissioners say New Hampshire should enter two types of partnerships that would make the state responsible for both regulating insurance companies and the plans they offer in the marketplaces and helping consumers access the marketplaces.

An insurance department lawyer told The Associated Press the commissioners have already made a recommendation to Gov. Maggie Hassan and on Monday, the details will be explained to a legislative committee that must approve any major steps in implementing that law.

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