Bill Ending Antitrust Exemption For Insurance Companies Passes House
On Thursday, the "Help Efficient, Acessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of of 2011 passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives. The primary intent of the HEALTH Act is medical tort reform but one ammendment would modify the McCarran-Ferguson act which provides helath insurance companies an exemption from federal ant-trust laws. Under current law, dentists and other health care providers fall under the jurisdiction of anti-trust law but health insurance companies do not. Passage of the HEALTH Act would directly impacted dental insurance providers in Washington state.
The HEALTH act now moves to the Senate for consideration. The ADA and WSDA will send out advocacy alerts once the the bill has been introduced.
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