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Senate passes health insurer regulations, while House stalls

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Two health insurer regulations passed the Senate floor unanimously Thursday, while similar House measures stall in committee.

LobbyTools reports that Senators passed SB 102, which prohibit health insurers and health maintenance organizations from retroactive claim denial after verifying the eligibility of a patient, which usually occurs during a post-payment audit.

Members also passed SB 182, a bill preventing insurers from removing prescription medications from coverage after the contract is signed.

But according to LobbyTools, House versions of the two Senate bills remain stuck in the committee process as time runs out.

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