circle of pawns whose shadow makes one king  In recent years, according to sponsors of the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act proposal, major players in the health care industry have been taking advantage of a loophole that has led to increased consolidation.

The House of Representatives this week will curb the rate of consolidation in the health care industry, a practice that many have argued in recent years has squelched competition and led to increased prices for consumers.

The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, reintroduced after a failed bid in 2017, would roll back an exemption created by the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 that allowed health care payers to coordinate on pricing, which opponents have argued has led to price-fixing.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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