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Lawmakers Vote To Continue Insurance Exchange

Insurance Exchange program continues in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- In a close vote, state lawmakers approve money to continue running the Insurance Exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers voted to accept more than $10.5 million in federal funding.

The money will be used for education, outreach and marketing.

This will include guides who help people get the information they need to choose their health care policies.

State Insurance Commissioner -- Jay Bradford -- says they received more than 400 calls in just two days this week with people asking questions
so he believes this money will go a long way.

"We would not have the capacity to take care of Arkansans requests and it would've gone to the federal system and we all know there are issues in the federal system," Bradford said.

The final vote was 21 to 18.

Some Republican lawmakers raised concerns about the problems with the Affordable Care Act like the federal website where glitches prevented many people from signing up for coverage when it first opened.

This is the fourth federal grant the state of Arkansas accepted with a total of more than $50 million.

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