Study: Health Insurance Sales Across State Lines Would Reduce Uninsured

Source: Whitney Blair Wyckoff, CQ, Innovations, August 6, 2008

A study evaluating different scenarios that would allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines found that 12 million previously uninsured people would be able to get insurance if there were competition between states…

… State-specific mandates for programs like community rating or guaranteed issue can cause insurance premiums to increase drastically, they said.

Karen L. Pollitz, project director for the Georgetown University Institute for Health Care Research and Policy, said the study’s numbers are misleading. Just because more people would be carrying insurance cards in their pockets wouldn’t mean that they have adequate insurance, she said.
See also:
An Interstate Commerce Route to a National Market for Health Insurance

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