Advocacy groups lobby against loophole that allows rate hikes on the overweight

Advocacy groups lobbied President Barack Obama and Congress on Thursday, trying to eliminate what they called a “loophole” in Senate health care legislation they said could allow insurers to raise rates on customers based on their weight or blood sugar levels.

The groups said that would contradict one of the main goals of the congressional health care overhaul, which is to eliminate insurance company practices such as charging more or denying coverage based on health status.

The push came amid intense behind-the-scenes negotiations on Capitol Hill and at the White House to reconcile sweeping health care legislation passed by the House and Senate into a final bill Obama could sign before his State of the Union address in early February.

AP
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