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Proponents of the now-gone exemptions, which include data sharing, have argued that they may reduce competition among health insurers but they create a better environment for consumers.

Among his final acts in office that did not involve pardoning cronies, President Donald Trump put his signature on the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (“CHIRA”). Done in the spirit of enhancing transparency within the health care ecosystem, CHIRA removes certain exemptions to federal antitrust laws included in the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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