In February, Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona introduced Senate and House versions of the “Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act,” a bill that would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for the “business of health insurance.” This bipartisan and bicameral introduction would not have been possible without the grassroots advocacy efforts of ADA members.
With your help, after years of working on this issue, the Senate and House both have bipartisan versions of a bill that will benefit our profession and our patients nationwide. Take action today to ask your Senators to help advance S. 350 and your Representative to help advance H.R. 1418.
Repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption would empower federal agencies like the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice, to enforce the full range of federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct. When health insurance companies are permitted to disregard antitrust principles, prices for patients can go up, coverage can go down, and reimbursement rates don’t always keep up with costs.