LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say the state is moving forward with implementing parts of the federal health care law after an election that provided clarity on the federal level but uncertainty in the state Legislature about the political future of the controversial legislation.

President Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday night came in the same election where Republicans won control of both chambers of the state Legislature partly based on opposition to his federal health care overhaul. Officials with Gov. Mike Beebe's administration say the election at the national level provides some certainty on the future of the law as it takes effect in the state.

The next step for Arkansas comes this week, when Beebe is expected to formally tell Obama administration officials that the state plans on partnering with the federal government on setting up a health insurance exchange, in which millions of households and small businesses will shop for private coverage. A spokesman for Beebe's office said the governor planned to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by the end of the week.

The partnership option allows states to handle consumer relations and oversight of health plans, while the federal government does the heavy lifting, taking care of enrollment, and figuring out any taxpayer help that consumers may be entitled to. Beebe had opted for the partnership model after Republicans last year opposed efforts for the state to set up its own exchange.

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