WASHINGTON BUREAU — When an antitrust exemption bill reaches the House floor, it may apply only to health insurers, not to medical malpractice insurers.
Members of the House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday to consider H.R. 4626, the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act bill.
The 2-page bill would prevent the “business of health insurance” from benefiting from the limited exemption from antitrust laws afforded insurers by the McCarran-Ferguson Act.
The bill would prohibit health insurers from sharing claims data and analyses of claims data.
The bill was drafted by Reps. Tom Perriello, D-Va. and Betsy Markey, D-Colo.
Earlier antitrust exemption bills, and an earlier version of H.R. 4626, have included medical malpractice insurance along with health insurance.
Since H.R. 4626 was unveiled Feb. 4, medical malpractice insurers have gone to great lengths to point out that medical malpractice insurance has no direct connection with medical insurance.