CAHI Applauds Health Care Choice Legislation
New Bill Will Help Uninsured Get Coverage
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," Matthews concluded. 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
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