Bill Forces Disclosure of Law's Effect on Premiums

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- State legislators are divided over a plan requiring Michigan insurers to tell policyholders the impact of the federal health care law on their premiums.

Legislation awaiting a vote in the Republican-led House would require that insurers give annual estimates of the overhaul's effect on premiums.

Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake says people deserve to know the law's ramifications. He also wants to insulate insurers from being blamed for premium increases.

But Democrats say the bill is nothing more than a political ploy.

They say if insurers are required to tell people about the law's cost, they should also explain its benefits. Insurers must cover 10 essential benefits that will make plans more costly buy also more comprehensive. Plans also cannot charge more money because of pre-existing conditions.


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