I have filed an interim study proposal to look at the healthcare mandates here in Arkansas. Here is a link to the copy of the ISP: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Pages/ISPIRDetail.aspx?ispid=2011-187
According to a 2010 report, the Council for Affordable Health Insurance had Arkansas with 45 different mandates.
You can view a copy of the report here: http://www.cahi.org/cahi_contents/resources/pdf/MandatesintheStates2010.pdf
Of note from the report: "Although most mandates only increase the cost of a policy by
less than 1 percent, 40 such mandates will price many people out of the market. It is the accumulated impact of dozens of mandates, not just one, that makes health insurance unaffordable."
If we are to make health insurance more affordable to the people of Arkansas, this is just one area we need to take a closer look at.
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