State AGs Back Health Insurance Antitrust Exemption

Law360, New York (November 17, 2009, 1:15 PM EST) -- Ten state attorneys general have thrown their support behind a bill authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., that would end a decades-old antitrust exemption for health and medical malpractice insurers.

In a letter Friday to Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R.-Ill., the committee's ranking member, the attorneys general of Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Arizona, Iowa, Montana, Florida and Wyoming said that Congress should repeal the exemption to encourage competition.

Insurers have enjoyed a limited exemption from federal antitrust laws...
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