State­houses eye leg­is­la­tion to pre­vent in­sur­ance man­date

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Vir­ginia law­mak­ers passed leg­is­la­tion that aims to thwart any fed­eral re­quire­ment that in­di­vid­u­als buy health in­sur­ance. At least 29 state­houses are con­sid­er­ing sim­i­lar so-called Health Care Free­dom Acts, but Vir­ginia is the first to ap­prove the bill (Feb. 15, p. 6). Vir­ginia Gov. Bob McDon­nell, a Repub­li­can, is ex­pected to sign it. The bill states that “no law shall im­pose a penalty, tax or fine upon an in­di­vid­ual who de­clines to con­tract for health­care cov­er­age or to par­tic­i­pate in a health­care sys­tem or plan.” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is propos­ing re­quir­ing in­di­vid­u­als to carry health in­sur­ance or pay a fine, a man­date ap­proved by the House and Se­nate late last year as part of broader health re­form. Health in­sur­ers have said that without this re­quire­ment, pre­mi­ums will con­tinue to rise be­cause peo­ple would only pur­chase cov­er­age af­ter they fall ill. (For more on the re­form ef­fort, see p. 8.)

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