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#15 Repeal of Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers

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#15 Repeal of Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers

George Slover, Senior Policy Counsel for Consumer Reports
January 26, 2021

#15 Repeal of Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers

For decades, health insurers have been exempt from antitrust laws and allowed to act as a monopoly setting rates and maximizing profits—until now. Enactment of new legislation removes the McCarran-Ferguson Act which has protected insurers since 1945 and now requires them to follow the same free-market rules as the rest of the health care industry. In this episode, we talk with an antitrust expert about why it took so long to repeal this unfair policy and how the new law will introduce more choice and opportunity into the marketplace.

Hosts: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Catherine Hayes, AAOS Senior Director of Government Relations

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