Lawmakers Discuss Health Insurance 

Lawmakers in Augusta began sifting through changes in federal insurance laws Friday.The Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation Committee met to discuss the recent changes to health insurance laws as part of national reform.State options for health insurance exchanges were also discussed.Exchanges are a way to help small businesses and individuals access affordable health care coverage.Right now, Maine has a million dollars to start a state run exchange or opt to go with the federal government’s plan.A final report is expected to be turned over to the full legislature before the end of the year.