SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Senate has confirmed Gov. John Kitzhaber's nominees to the Health Insurance Exchange Board.

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The Senate confirmation on Thursday allows the nine-member board to begin work on creating the health insurance exchange, a corporation that will help connect consumers and small businesses with health insurance.

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Lawmakers voted earlier this year to create the exchange. Kitzhaber's nominees include small business owners, health policy advocates, an industry executive and a union leader.

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The Senate delayed a vote on confirming Kitzhaber's appointees to the Education Investment Board, which will look at merging oversight of education policy and spending.

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