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Dental coalition urges House to support the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act

February 27, 2017 Washington — The Organized Dentistry Coalition on Feb. 24 expressed its "strong support" of H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act.

In a letter to House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and ranking member John Conyers, D-Mich., the coalition urged the committee to cosponsor the legislation, which calls for the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to "enforce the federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct."

The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act amends a section of the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which exempts the insurance industry from federal antitrust laws.

"The bill is narrowly drawn to apply only to the business of health insurance, including dental insurance, and would not affect the business of life insurance, property or casualty insurance, and many similar insurance areas," the coalition wrote. "Passage of H. R. 372 would help interject more competition into the insurance marketplace by authorizing greater federal antitrust enforcement in instances where state regulators fail to act. When competition is not robust, consumers are more likely to face higher prices and less likely to and less likely to benefit from innovation and variety in the marketplace."

To keep track on all the Association's insurance reform activities, visit ADA.org/McF.