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Praeger: Congress Should Preserve States' Role in Health Insurance

Kansas Insurance Commissioner and chair of the health insurance and managed care committee of the NAIC Sandy Praeger asked members of Congress to be mindful...
May 12, 2009

Kansas Insurance Commissioner and chair of the health insurance and managed care committee of the NAIC Sandy Praeger asked members of Congress to be mindful of states' health care oversight mechanisms when designing their health overhaul proposal. Praeger told a May 5 Senate Finance Committee forum on health care reform that protecting a strong role for the states would limit upheaval in the health system. Congress should make sure to keep health reform legislation from preempting current patient protections, solvency standards and other health care finance oversight mechanisms, Praeger said, adding that Congress should start by addressing the problem of skyrocketing spending.

"As members of this committee know all too well, the preemption of state oversight of private Medicare plans has led to fraudulent and abusive marketing practices that would have been prevented under state law," Praeger said.

Praeger: Save State Health Role (National Underwriter 5/5/09)