ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Rep. John
Shadegg (R-AZ) introduced the Health Care Choice Act of 2007. This
legislation would allow individuals to purchase health insurance coverage
over state lines.
"The message for the uninsured is 'Hold on, help is on the way!'" said
Dr. Merrill Matthews, director of the Council for Affordable Health
Insurance (CAHI). "Millions of Americans are uninsured because many states
impose costly mandates such as guaranteed issue. The Health Care Choice Act
will give uninsured people trapped in the high-cost states the ability to
buy affordable coverage already available to citizens of another state.
Finally, legislation that brings real competition in health insurance,"
The legislation would require that the state law where the policy is
filed (primary state) would apply both in that state as well as any other
state (secondary state). The Health Care Choice Act would provide
individuals with a wider range of health insurance options at varying price
ranges. Consumers would have the choice of how much protection they need
and can afford.
"In an age where commerce is conducted widely over the Internet, it
makes sense that individuals wishing to purchase health insurance should be
afforded this opportunity for choice and lower costs," said Angela Hunter,
CAHI federal affairs director. "Where you live should not determine whether
or not you can afford a health insurance policy."
Founded in 1992, CAHI is a non-profit research and advocacy association
whose mission is to develop and promote free market solutions to America's
health care challenges. CAHI's membership includes health insurance
companies (active in the individual, small group, HSA and senior markets),
small businesses, physicians, actuaries and insurance brokers
SOURCE Council for Affordable Health Insurance