Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Senate resurrects insurance mandates

Associated Press - April 15, 2008 2:05 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has resurrected insurance mandate legislation that was killed in the Oklahoma House.

Senate Democrats have expressed frustration over their lack of success in getting insurance mandate bills heard in the Republican-controlled House. On Tuesday, they successfully attached mandate language to another bill and sent it back to the House for a vote.
One mandate, called the Patient's Bill of Rights, would require insurers to pay for health care procedures that are deemed medically necessary by a physician. Another called Nick's Law would require insurers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Both proposals previously died in the House.

Democratic Sen. Jim Wilson of Tahlequah says House Republicans should give the ideas a fair hearing. Wilson says far too many Oklahomans go without quality health care.

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