Health insurance bill kills community rating

Dornin, Chris
June 2005
New Hampshire Business Review;6/24/2005, Vol. 27 Issue 13, p11
This article reports that after a 90-minute floor debate, the New Hampshire House earlier this month voted 280-89 to pass Senate Bill 125, a measure pushed by Governor John Lynch that undoes most of the touted reforms of SB 110, a measure that has been widely criticized as provoking double and triple-digit increases in small-business health insurance premiums. SB 125 repeals geographic and health status rating factors and sets up a nonprofit corporation to reinsure the riskiest members of a group after the premium is set using other rating factors, such as ages of writers and size of group. The amendment would have eliminated this high-risk pool.


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