Okla. Panel Studying Health Care Law To Meet

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A legislative panel studying how the federal health care law will affect Oklahoma is holding its final meeting.

The Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law will meet for the fifth time Tuesday in the House Chamber at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

The 10 House and Senate members on the committee will hear testimony on non-profit clinics and health exchanges, which are online marketplaces for residents to shop for and buy health insurance. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires states to have a health care exchange set up by 2014.

Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled Legislature balked at a plan to accept $54 million in federal money to set up the state exchange, in part because of bitter opposition from tea party activists and other conservatives.