Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Michigan BCBS Proposals Under Scrutiny

Christina Rogers / The Detroit News

A legislative battle in the state's Capitol over new regulations for insurers selling individual policies will resume in mid-April, when members of the Senate Health Policy Committee hold another round of hearings and move to a final committee vote at the month's end.

On the table are several alternatives to a package of bills passed by the House of Representatives last fall. The proposed legislation would among other measures make it possible for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the state's insurer of last resort, to divvy up the financial load of paying for its sickest -- and most costly -- customers by requiring commercial insurers to pay into a high-risk pool.

Last month, the Senate committee's chairman, Sen. Tom George, R-Kalamazoo, pitched a series of substitutes to the Blues-backed legislation.

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