Insurers Shouldn't Fear New FTC Powers, Attys Say

Law360, New York (November 5, 2009, 5:39 PM EST) -- The health care bill proposed last month in the U.S. House of Representatives would give the Federal Trade Commission new authority to study competition in the health insurance industry — but antitrust attorneys say that won't necessarily lead to new regulations or tougher enforcement.

H.R. 3962, known as the Affordable Health Care for America Act of 2009, gives the FTC authority to collect information from insurance companies in order to “conduct studies and prepare reports, and to share information” related to the insurance industry, including both...
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