The failure of U.S. Representative John Shadegg's (R-AZ) Health Care Choice Act in the last Congress doesn't mean that states can't form voluntary agreements allowing consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines.
That's why ALEC recently approved as model legislation the Health Care Choice Act for States (ALEC members only), which allows for the purchase of health insurance across state lines. Critics say that this kind of competition between states and insurance providers will yield a “race to the bottom” in health care. But with legislation like the Health Care Choice Act for States, consumers may purchase basic policies with as few as 13 mandates (in Idaho) or they can also choose to purchase gold-plated coverage (for example, in Minnesota, which has 62 mandates).
Watch this blog for news on ALEC’s Health Care Choice Act for States in the 2008 session.