House votes to force disclosure effect on premiums

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan insurers would have to give annual estimates of the federal health care law’s impact on customers’ premiums under legislation approved in the state House.

The Republican-backed bill passed 67-42 Thursday now heads to the Senate, where it won’t be taken up until next year.

Supporters say people deserve transparency about the law’s impact — positive or negative. GOP Rep. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake says utility customers get a similar line-item notice in their bills concerning the impact of government-mandated programs.

Minority Democrats say the bill is nothing more than a political ploy.

They say if insurers are required to tell people about the law’s cost, they should also explain its benefits.

Insurers must cover 10 essential benefits that will make plans more costly buy also more comprehensive.

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