House and Senate negotiators strike deal on bill aligning NH’s insurance rules with health care overhaul law
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - House and Senate negotiators have struck a deal on a narrowly-drawn bill aligning some of New Hampshire's insurance rules with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
The state insurance commissioner had argued that a wide range of changes were necessary to preserve the state's traditional role in regulating insurance plans and to prevent marketplace disruption and confusion. But opponents of the bill cast the original as an attempt to move New Hampshire toward a state-operated insurance exchange, something specifically prohibited by state law, and said they doubted the insurance department's claims.
In the end, House and Senate negotiators on Thursday approved a new three-paragraph bill to replace the 15-page original that addressed issues such as the demographic factors insurance companies can use in setting rates.