Bill Would Improve Transparency in NH Health Insurance Options

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/13 2014 12:01PM

Updated 03/13 2014 12:02PM

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Senate is debating a bill that would improve transparency in health insurance options.

A press release says the bill would require the insurance department to hold two public information sessions in different regions of the state prior to approving products for sale on the federal health exchange.  It would also give insurance carriers time to address and fix issues that come up during the public hearings.

“New Hampshire residents were told they could keep their doctor under the federal health care law.  Then, overnight and without warning or the chance to comment, thousands of our residents found out that was not true based on decisions made behind closed doors," Sen. Sam Cataldo (R-Farmington) said. "This legislation seeks to prevent these kinds of network blackouts in the future by offering ample opportunity for public comment in order to ensure our insurance regulators understand full-well the implications of these decisions on our citizen’s health care.”

The bill passed the senate by a voice vote. The bill now heads to the New Hampshire House.

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