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Officials: Mass. Will Enforce State Health Law

Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press
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BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Massachusetts say the state will forge ahead with its landmark 2006 health care law even if the Supreme Court strikes down a similar federal law signed by President Barack Obama.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be some fallout here.

Glen Shor, executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority which helps oversee the state law, said eliminating the federal law could cost Massachusetts hundreds of millions in aid.

Although the state law provided an inspiration for Obama, there are critical areas were the federal law helps expand coverage in Massachusetts, including offering subsidized insurance for more lower income families.

Shor said that whatever the court decides, Massachusetts will continue to enforce the state law and look for ways to rein in the spiraling cost of care.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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