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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.
These exemptions, which have long been in effect, apply to certain activities that more or less fall under the heading “the business of health insurance.”
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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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