Friday, June 5, 2009
Health Insurer Protection Bill Awaiting Vote
A bill that allows health insurance providers to withhold payment to health care providers if an avoidable medical error occurs is awaiting approval from the State House of Representatives. Currently is an avoidable medical error occurs that requires further treatment by a health care provider the health insurer has to foot the bill. The proposed legislation will not allow for the cost of the medical errors to be passed on to the consumer. State Representative Anthony DeLuca, who sponsored the bill and awaits its return the State House for a final vote, says the legislation will help insurance providers save money while promoting more responsible health care practices. DeLuca says the bill is only a small part of a larger puzzle to decrease the cost of health care.