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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire House and Senate lawmakers moved close to agreement Wednesday on a severely scaled-back version of a bill intended to align state insurance rules with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.

The state insurance commissioner had argued that a wide range of changes were necessary to preserve the state’s traditional role in regulating insurance plans. But opponents of the bill cast the original version as an attempt to move New Hampshire toward a state-operated marketplace, something specifically prohibited by state law. In the end, House and Senate negotiators drafted a three-paragraph bill to replace the 15-page original and planned to vote on it Thursday morning after consulting with their peers.

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