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Measured Response From State Regulators to Healthcare Bill

State insurance regulators said they will do their part to enforce elements of the federal healthcare reform legislation where they are required to do so,...
March 25, 2010

State insurance regulators said they will do their part to enforce elements of the federal healthcare reform legislation where they are required to do so, but acknowledged that state legislatures could fight the mandates. Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland, secretary treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), explained during a teleconference she predicts her state's lawmaking body may put up some resistance to the upcoming federal law.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, chair of the NAIC Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, said despite the threat of lawsuits, insurance regulators will start implementing reforms where they are required to do so. NAIC President and West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline said, "We're going to be proactive in making sure we move forward in areas identified for us to move forward."

Measured Response From State Regulators (National Underwriter 3/22/10)