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May 13--  Today, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 47, which will broaden Georgian’s choices for health insurance by authorizing the purchase of healthcare policies across state lines. Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) was the Senate sponsor of HB 47, which will be effective on July 1, 2011.

 

“This common-sense legislation will increase healthcare options for Georgians while driving down costs and enhancing the availability of custom and high-quality plans,” said Rogers. “I am grateful to the Governor for signing the bill. With this law, Georgia has become a national leader on free-market healthcare policy.”

HB 47 seeks to increase the availability of health insurance coverage by allowing insurers who are authorized to sell insurance in other states to issue individual accident and sickness policies in Georgia.  The Insurance Commissioner will have the authority to determine whether an insurer satisfies the standards required by this legislation and may not approve a plan that fails to comply.