Beebe relying on lawmakers for exchange decision

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he's relying on next year's legislative leaders to tell him whether there's support in the House and Senate for the state running its own insurance exchange under the federal health care law.

Beebe told reporters Monday that he hoped to meet after Thanksgiving with incoming Senate President Michael Lamoureux and House Speaker Davy Carter on the possibility of Arkansas having a state-run exchange. Beebe said last week he was considering a state-run exchange after the federal government extended the deadline to make a decision.

The state had initially been planning for a partnership with the federal government on an exchange.

Beebe said he wants Carter and Lamoureux to measure how much support there is among next year's legislators for a state-run exchange.

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