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Mass. businesses don’t like insurance decision

Leaders sought exemption from new federal rules; instead US grants state a 3-year phase-in period

Massachusetts business leaders say they are disappointed with a federal decision to allow the state to phase in parts of the national health care law over three years, maintaining it doesn’t do enough to provide relief from expected insurance premium hikes.

After state officials earlier this year objected to new rules stemming from the US health care overhaul — arguing they would drive up costs for small businesses and their employees — federal health officials told their Massachusetts counterparts Friday the state could take until 2016 to fully implement rules to bring it into compliance with national standards.

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