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VT rebuts US House panel on health exchange

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, July 17, 2013
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The state of Vermont is telling a U.S. House panel that it has every right to set up a state health insurance marketplace and require individuals and small businesses to purchase coverage through it. State officials wrote to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to rebut a charge from Republican members of that committee that such a mandate violates the President Barack Obama's health overhaul law. "Your concerns about restricting the choice of health insurance by individuals and small groups to Vermont Health Connect are unwarranted," wrote Mark Larson, head of the state health access agency, and Susan Donegan, the state's financial regulation commissioner.