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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are going home for the weekend without an agreement on premiums for the health insurance plan for state workers, teachers and retirees.

The Senate adjourned Thursday without taking up any compromise on a two-year package for the state health plan. Rules Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville said there wasn’t enough time to work out a deal to meet a Thursday deadline set by leaders.

Senate and House Republicans are updating the bill to avoid another veto by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The House approved a measure Wednesday to retain an insurance option for active workers that avoids monthly premiums for their own coverage.

Apodaca said the delay means the state health plan likely will need another enrollment period for workers once the agreement is reached.

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