LINCOLN (AP) — Lawmakers are moving ahead with establishing a commission to keep watch on the federal government while it creates a health insurance exchange for Nebraska.
Legislators voted 28-0 to advance the measure, which would let the state offer recommendations to the federal government as the health care law progresses.
Gov. Dave Heineman opted to let the federal government create and manage the exchange, saying it would cost taxpayers too much if the state created it.
The commission would ensure that there is transparency as the federal government creates the exchange. It would also give oversight and recommendations on implementing the exchange.
The panel would be made up of Nebraska residents, a small business owner, and representatives from the health and health insurance industries.
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