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Senate OKs Bill to Create Health Insurance Panel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Atlanta, GA (AP) - The Senate has approved a bill that would create a 16-member panel to weigh issues related to state health insurance benefits.

The measure, sponsored by GOP Sen. Tim Golden of Valdosta, was
approved 32-16. It now heads to the House.

If approved by the Legislature, the Special Advisory Commission
on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits would take effect on Feb. 1,
2012. Most members would be appointed by the governor and would
include doctors and health care professionals and representatives
from the small business and medical ethics industries. The House
and Senate would each appoint two members from committees.

Sen. Steve Thompson praised the bill's intent but warned the
commission could be more focused on insurance companies than
consumers' needs.

Senate Bill 17: http://www.legis.ga.gov

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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