Minn. gets $1M grant for health insurance exchange

Gov. Mark Dayton says the state has received a $1-million grant to jump-start a key part of the federal health care law -- a health insurance exchange.

State officials say the exchange will be a web site where consumers can shop for health insurance, similar to travel web sites that sell flights and hotel bookings. Dayton's administration is expected to unveil more details in the near future.

Last fall, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty passed up the grant along with others as part of the health care law. But the Obama administration allowed Minnesota to reapply for that planning grant when Dayton took over as governor.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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