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Maine is First State to Receive Waiver for Federal Health Care 

The federal government is delaying a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law to protect Maine’s fragile market for individual health insurance, making it the first state to receive such a waiver.The U.S. Health and Human Services department announced Tuesday it’s waiving for three years a requirement that insurers spend 80 to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement.One of three insurers offering individual plans in Maine had threatened to withdraw from the state if the requirement remained in place. The insurer, MEGA Life and Health Insurance Co., has 37 percent of the state’s individual market.Maine requires that insurers spend 65 percent of premiums on medical care and quality improvement.Similar requests are pending for Nevada, Kentucky and New Hampshire.(Associated Press)