An amendment to House legislation that would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurers has been ruled in order for floor debate.
But the amendment was modified to ensure that it would only cover health insurance and could not be interpreted by a court as possibly repealing the exemption from antitrust laws provided to life and property and casualty insurers.
The amendment to H.R. 5, Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, was cleared for floor debate by the House Rules Committee late Tuesday.
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Debate on the bill will begin Wednesday and a vote on the final legislation is expected Thursday.
The amendment is sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
The amendment “would restore the application of antitrust laws to the business of health insurance by amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act.”