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Rep. Gosar offers health insurance reform bill

March 01, 2013

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Washington—Dentist/Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) introduced ADA-supported legislation Feb. 28 to amend the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act, which exempted the health insurance industry from antitrust laws. H.R. 911, The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2013, would restore the application of federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance.

The Association, which has long supported repeal of the antitrust exemption, will seek to build bipartisan support for H.R. 911 in the 113th Congress.

“As a practicing dentist for 25 years, I have experienced first-hand the difficulties patients face with their insurance companies,” Rep. Gosar said. “My legislation would restore competition within the health insurance market and apply antitrust laws. Amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act will benefit patients across the country with lower prices and more choices.”

H.R. 911 was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.