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A look at the federal health care law in Texas

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Here is a look at where Texas stands on implementing President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul, which the Supreme Court ruled Thursday can go forward:

NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 6.2 million state residents are uninsured, or about 25 percent.

WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Texas has not implemented an online health insurance marketplace.

But the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which oversees Medicaid in the state, says the agency already has met deadlines for some requirements, such as implementing a tobacco cessation benefit for pregnant women on Medicaid.

In addition, at least 5,700 Texans are participating in a federally mandated insurance plan for those with pre-existing conditions, though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is running that program instead of Texas.