News from Providence Journal:

01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

By Felice J. Freyer

Journal Medical Writer

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has received a $ 5.2-million federal grant to continue its work developing a health-insurance exchange, a cornerstone of the federal health-care law.

But the state, which also received a $ 1-million planning grant in September, could lose out on future federal money if the General Assembly fails to approve legislation creating the exchange, a marketplace for health insurance. That bill has stalled, caught in a dispute over anti-abortion language.

“This is great news for Rhode Island,” Governor Chafee said in a statement about the $ 5.2 million. “Our goal is to make our state a national leader in implementing federal health……….. continues on Providence Journal.
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