Congress Eyes Antitrust Exemption For Insurers

Law360, New York (September 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Federal agencies in the United States should expand antitrust enforcement in the health care industry to include not just physician groups, but insurance companies engaging in anti-competitive behavior, according to recent congressional testimony from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Sen. Leahy made the comments during a hearing on anti-competitive behavior in group health care. He said the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Federal Trade Commission are holding back in detecting and prosecuting fraud in the health care system, which costs U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a...
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