By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House has given initial approval to a pair of bills that could provide more consumer protections. The more controversial bill removes the opportunity for health insurance companies to rule to turn down an insurance claim for any reason. Companies say they need the ability to act on individual claims, but Representative Pete Jorgenson from Jackson says this bill provides more balance to the process.
Opponents of the measure fear that it might drive up consumer health insurance costs. The House also approved a bill supported by most health insurance companies that reviews whether a medical procedure is necessary and should be covered. The House will debate both bills two more times. The bills have already passed the Senate.