Progress Being Made on Health Care Law

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The director of Nebraska's insurance department is trying to assure lawmakers that the state has made progress in its efforts to comply with the federal health care law.

Bruce Ramge told a legislative panel Thursday that Nebraska is
"on par" with other states in its plans to create a state-based
marketplace where users can comparison shop for health insurance.
Insurance officials say the state has contracted with a
Chicago-based consulting firm to help design an exchange. The state must submit its plans to the federal government by Nov. 16.

One lawmaker voiced frustration that Gov. Dave Heineman's
administration was moving forward with a plan without more input
from lawmakers. Columbus Sen. Paul Schumacher questioned whether Heineman has the authority to send a plan to federal authorities through an executive order.