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Georgia passes law allowing health insurance purchases across state lines

Posted On Thu, May 19, 2011

A bill recently passed in the state of Georgia that supporters believe will make health insurance more affordable.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a bill that allows all of the state's residents and self-employed businesses to buy health insurance outside of the state.

In an interview with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kyle Jackson, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said this law will help people save money, as state law required residents and small business owners to buy Georgia-based health insurance plans.

But opponents to the measure believe that the bill will restrict residents' choices for health plans. Nan Orrock, a state senator from Atlanta, told A.M. Best the new law will "undermine consumer protections."

However, Matt Ramsey, a state representative from Peachtree City, told the source just the opposite, as it will "place more power into the hands of insurance-buying consumers."

The affordability of health insurance has long been an issue, but it's gained renewed interest since President Barack Obama passed the Affordable Health Care Act, which would require all Americans to buy health coverage. 

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