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Many states lack authority on new insurance rules: report
Modern Healthcare

Nearly half of state insurance departments lack the power to fully enforce new insurance regulations that take effect next year under healthcare reform, raising the possibility of federal oversight of the rules when a state fails to do so, according to a newly released report.

Twenty-two states surveyed by the Commonwealth Fund have limited or no authority to uphold the new regulations, including a popular provision that prohibits insurers from denying coverage to individuals with existing medical conditions. The report did not list the states and researchers declined to release a list, saying respondents were promised confidentiality.