Delaware Health Insurance Aetna

Delaware health insurance debate resumed last week on a bill that would prohibit health insurers from denying coverage for medically necessary procedures and tests. The bill was voted out of committee with the understanding that significant changes are needed before a full vote occurs. The Department of Insurance presented testimony applauding the intent of the sponsor but reserving full support, indicating there is benefit in allowing preauthorization to limit unnecessary medical testing. Additionally the Comptroller General provided testimony on the potential cost impact to the state health benefits plan.  An actual dollar figure has not yet been quantified. Aetna, along with the other plans, and Med Solutions continue to express serious concerns with the bill.  The legislature will be in recess for the next two weeks, returning June 1.

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