National Health Plans, Designed To Spur Competition, May Be Unavailable In Some States Next Year

Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: "National health insurance plans aimed at giving consumers more choice might be unavailable in some states next year, leaving residents with fewer options and potentially higher premiums. Such "multi-state" plans were included in the federal health law to boost competition among insurers, particularly in states with few carriers. They were also seen as a consolation to supporters of the failed effort to require a government-run "public option" (Appleby, 7/5). Read the story.

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