U.S. states increased the number of specific health insurance coverage requirements 3.2% this year to 1,961.
The rate of increase is up from 3.1% in 2007.
The Council for Affordable Health Insurance, Alexandria, Va., published the mandate totals in its latest annual review of state health insurance mandates.
CAHI defines mandates as requirements that health insurers cover specific types of health care providers, benefits or patient populations.
The 2008 edition of its the CAHI health insurance mandates report includes estimates of each mandate’s cost as well as a description of the mandate.