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State lawmakers discuss health care challenges
San Francisco Chronicle

State lawmakers heard from health experts Wednesday about the challenges California faces in carrying out the federal health overhaul law, including the creation of the virtual marketplace where consumers will go to buy coverage in 2014.

At a joint hearing of the state Senate and Assembly health committees, the head of the quasi-state agency that oversees Massachusetts’ groundbreaking 2006 health law said California is wise to start working on some of the key provisions of the new law now.