Insurance commissioners: Interstate business could increase costs

Three state insurance commissioners — including Sandy Praeger of Kansas — said today that they oppose opening up the interstate health insurance market, warning that it could increase costs and destabilize the market.

Praeger was joined by Kim Holland of Oklahoma and Jane Cline of West Virginia in a conference call to talk about health reform efforts and how parts would affect state regulation.

It would be wrong for insurance companies to be allowed to circumvent state laws, they said, noting that large insurers already write policies across state lines — if they abide by each state's laws.

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