Lawmakers confer on the House floor on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) — A Missouri law requiring licenses for counselors who help consumers find health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges was temporarily blocked by a U.S. judge, setting back a measure by a state hostile to the federal health- care overhaul statute.

U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith in Jefferson City, Missouri, said the state, which declined to establish its own exchange, was barred from interfering with a program set up under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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