LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Unanswered questions about the new national health care law have slowed Nebraska's efforts to prepare a statewide insurance exchange, state insurance officials said Monday.

Nebraska insurance analysts told a legislative panel that they need more federal guidance before deciding which health exchange option to recommend, so the state can comply with the Obama administration's overhaul of the nation's health care system.

The state exchanges are meant to offer a one-stop-shop for Americans to buy health insurance coverage. The state exchanges must be federally certified by January 2013 and operational by the start of 2014.

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