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Mass. health law thrown a curve by Obamacare

It remains unclear how conflicts will be resolved

Now that President Obama has been reelected, it appears the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is here to stay. And as annual open enrollment ­periods get underway at many companies, both employees and employers face changes in health insurance coverage and requirements over the next two years.

In Massachusetts, implementation of the ­federal health care law could be more complex and confusing because of the state’s own universal health care law. While the laws are similar — Obamacare is based on the Massachusetts system adopted under former governor Mitt Romney — they have conflicting provisions. How those conflicts might be resolved remains unclear.

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