House Passes Bill Amending McCarran-Ferguson
Act; Removes Anti-Trust Exemption from Health Insurers
November 16, 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 3962, which
amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act and removes the Act's anti-trust
exemption from health insurers.
Section 262 of the bill, now under review of the Senate, adds the
following language to the McCarran-Ferguson Act:
Except as provided in paragraph (2), nothing contained in
this Act shall modify, impair, or supersede the operation of any
of the antitrust laws with respect to the business of health insurance
or the business of medical malpractice insurance.
However, the bill, which is part of the Obama administration's
healthcare reform plan, does not address automotive insurers. Though
a bill was introduced earlier this year by Rep. DeFazio to remove
this exemption for all insurers, H.R. 1583 has not moved past the
House Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, where it has
been since late-April. (CLICK
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