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LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - A nonprofit created by the Arkansas legislature has decided to delay its request for funding to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1rm2FzZ ) the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board was expected to submit a request for more than $100 million this week to set up the exchange. It would replace the marketplace the federal government set up for Arkansas.

Board member Chris Parker says officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service told him they want the board to have a formal agreement with the state's insurance department.

Parker says federal officials want the board to have a plan set with Arkansas insurance officials on how a changeover to a state-run exchange would happen.

The board plans to submit its grant application in October.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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