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States’ Attorney Generals Oppose Small Business Health Insurance Measures

Date: 04/30/2006 | Category: Business | Author: Heather Long

USA Today is running a story that thirty-nine state attorneys general say they oppose a Senate bill that proponents say would help small businesses afford health insurance, but critics fear will undermine the insurance market and drive up costs for some.

In a letter to the Senate sent Monday, the attorneys general said the bill would strip states of many of their rights to regulate health insurers and could “subject consumers to reduced care and ever-increasing out-of-pocket expenses.”

The letter comes as Congress debates ways to expand access to health insurance, particularly for small businesses. Two measures are pending.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill, sponsored Sens. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb., within two weeks. Congress would then have to decide whether to approve the House or Senate bill, or a version of the two.

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