AUGUSTA — Maine insurance regulators say state measures aimed at expanding health care coverage should await final action in Congress, but lawmakers should keep working on the issue.

A preliminary report by the state Insurance Bureau says health system options for Maine will vary depending on what, if any, federal laws on health care are enacted. Separate bills passed by the U.S. House and Senate await final disposition.

The report says Maine has an uninsured rate of 9.6 percent, the sixth lowest in the nation and well below the national average of 15.4 percent.

About 40,000 Mainers have major medical coverage in Maine’s individual market, and about 106,000 have coverage as employees or dependents in the small group market.

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