With the national elections behind, leaders are looking to move forward with implementing President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, is being phased in over a period of years — many facets by 2014 and the remainder by 2020.

Mike Chaney, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner, said the state has already been preparing to comply with the federal law. At a Meridian event Thursday evening sponsored by the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, Chaney said from his point of view, the most important thing is to make certain all Mississippians have access to health care.

The state has three options, he said — to establish an insurance exchange, to let the federal government come in and establish an exchange or to enter into a partnership with the federal government.

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