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Rep. Ramsey of PTC introduces bill allowing out-of-state health insurance options

Georgia House Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) on Thursday introduced House Bill 47 aimed at providing Georgians with additional health insurance options.

Ramsey said that HB 47 would allow insurance companies licensed in Georgia to sell health insurance products that are approved for sale in other states.

“We are convinced that the best way to provide Georgians with more affordable and varied health insurance options is to unlock the forces of the free market and put more power in the hands of the health insurance buying consumer,” said Ramsey.

“In light of the Obama administration’s imposition of a mandate to buy health insurance on every single American through his healthcare reform package, it is absolutely critical that we break down the barriers to competition in the health insurance marketplace in Georgia.”

Ramsey said similar legislation was passed by the House in 2010 but was not approved by the Georgia Senate.

Joining Ramsey in introducing the measure were House Insurance Committee Chairman John Meadows (R-Calhoun), House Retirement Committee Chairman Howard Maxwell (R-Dallas), House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta), House Majority Caucus Chairman Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula), House Majority Caucus Secretary/Treasurer Allen Peake (R-Macon) and more than a dozen other majority caucus representatives.

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