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Monday, April 12, 2010 - 7:47am

Top Insurance Official Says No To Fed Health Care First Phase

Georgia's insurance commissioner says he won't move forward with state participation in the first phase of a new
federal health care plan, even though it could bring federal grants to the state.

Republican John Oxendine said he does not think Georgia should take part in the creation of a federal insurance pool, backed by $5 billion in federal money, that would offer subsidized premiums to people who have been uninsured for at least six months.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Oxendine tells U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius he has "no confidence" the program will not be a burden for Georgia taxpayers.

Oxendine, who is running for governor, noted 18 states have sued to overturn the federal health care law.

Sebelius gave states an April 30 deadline to say whether they would participate.

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