WASHINGTON BUREAU -- Allowing health plans to sell coverageacross state lines without adopting national consumer protectionstandards could hurt consumers, a federal health insuranceregulator and former insurance commissioner testified heretoday.

Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Informationand Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), an arm of the Centers for Medicareand Medicaid Services (CMS), made the comments during a hearing on“Expanding Health Care Options: Allowing Americans to PurchaseAffordable Coverage Across State Lines” that was organized bythe House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Larsen argued that the kinds of basic consumer protectionstandards included in PPACA make interstate health insurance salesfeasible.

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