CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After months of arguing, New Hampshire lawmakers overseeing implementation of the federal health care overhaul law agreed on one thing Tuesday: They're at a stalemate.

The joint Health Care Oversight Committee includes three Republicans and three Democrats who have spent a significant amount of time disagreeing about the authority accorded to various players involved in implementing the law, including the insurance department, the governor and the committee itself.

Tuesday's meeting started with the insurance department outlining the state's role in educating businesses and consumers about the law, then opened up into a wider discussion that included whether the state should have any role at all.

In the end, members acknowledged that even if they agreed, they couldn't take any action until the rest of the Legislature sorts out two bills related to the federal law — one would let the insurance department accept a $5 million federal grant to start a consumer assistance program, the other would align the state's insurance market rules with the federal law.

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