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Healthcare bills could jeopardize states' consumer protection laws

Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2009

Healthcare overhaul bills working their way through Congress could jeopardize laws in California and other states that require insurers to pay for treatments such as AIDS testing, second surgical opinions, and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer patients, the Los Angeles Times reports. The federal legislation could also make it virtually impossible for states to enforce other consumer protection laws, such as the right to appeal if an insurer denies coverage for a particular treatment.