By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed two bills that would reform the health insurance industry in the state. One bill eliminates the discretionary clause in a health insurance policy, which allows a company to deny coverage for any reason. The other sets up a review panel that will determine whether a particular procedure should be covered. Representative Tim Hallinan tried to weaken the measure that set up the review panel. He says the bill will only drive up the cost of health insurance. "There isn't a huge margin in most small business," he says. "We're in a tough economy right now. So, while this bill has a lot of good things in it, we don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater by making it too expensive for business to be able to afford health insurance for their employees."
Representative Pete Jorgenson of Jackson says both bills bring important reforms that will enhance health care coverage for Wyoming citizens. .