Lawmakers press Justice Dept. on antitrust reform

Aug. 30 deadline requested for update

Washington — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the U.S. Department of Justice for an update on efforts to combat anticompetitive conduct in the health insurance industry following last year’s repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption.

The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act became law in January 2021 and is aimed at improving transparency. The law was the culmination of a multi-year effort by the ADA and dentists to persuade Congress that health care insurance, including dental plans, should no longer be protected from some of the federal antitrust laws.

In a July 26 letter to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who co-sponsored the bill, and Reps. Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Ken Buck, R-Colo., and David Cicilline, D-R.I., urged the division to help Congress understand how it is enforcing the antitrust laws following the enactment of the law.