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Sen. Tony Lourey of Kerrick tells reporters Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, that Minnesota lawmakers will debate establishing a marketplace to buy health insurance. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota starts establishing health exchanges

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ST. PAUL -- One in five Minnesotans are expected to buy health insurance offered by a mostly online marketplace that a newly written bill would establish.

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The marketplace, known as a health care exchange, is required by federal law known as Obamacare and must be in place by Oct. 31.

"A Minnesota-based exchange allows Minnesota the opportunity to modernize our public systems," state Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, said.

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