BCBS Overhaul Passes House Committee

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A state House committee has approved bills to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, leaving out anti-abortion provisions that torpedoed an earlier effort to change the status of the state's largest insurer.
Bills headed to the House don't include language to prevent insurers and businesses from providing elective abortion coverage in employee health plans. Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a similar bill less than two months ago over last-minute abortion provisions. Some lawmakers discussed restoring abortion restrictions.
The proposed overhaul seeks to modernize but not sell Blue Cross, which is governed by a separate law from other insurers and waits longer for its rate changes to be reviewed.
Before Thursday's 11-0 vote, senior advocates testified about concerns that costs will rise because of the legislation. Three Democrats abstained from voting.


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