By HOLLY RAMER
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has sent a letter to Washington declaring the state's intent to pursue a partnership with the federal government to operate the new insurance markets required under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
Hassan sent the letter Wednesday, two days ahead of the deadline for states that opted not to set up their own health exchanges to decide whether to enter a partnership or let the federal government handle everything.
Hassan says it would not be in the state's best interest to allow the federal government to impose a one-size-fits-all exchange on New Hampshire. She notes that without a partnership, the state would be handing over the regulatory authority the state insurance department traditionally has held.
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