Policy Documents

How to Implement Kassebaum-Kennedy (part 2)

Conrad F. Meier –
March 19, 1997

In this document, Conrad Meier asserts that some one thousand state laws mandating insurance coverage of specific conditions are in place today, costing health care consumers an estimated $60 billion a year.

Imposing mandates to achieve federally required coverage guarantees may have seemed to Congress to be a new idea, but mandates have a long and ignoble history at the state level. State regulations already impose rules on the health care system by requiring insurance coverage for a vast array of very specific benefits. Some one thousand state laws mandating insurance coverage of specific conditions are in place today, costing health care consumers more than $60 billion/year.