There can be little doubt we will wind up having a battle royale in the 2008 General Assembly over Kentucky's health insurance market.
Last year's SB 135 would be a good solution to the problem of rising premiums. Several companies have said they would return to Kentucky if we passed this bill.
More competition, not heavy-handed Beshear-Mongiardo price fixing, is what we need. The bill would give companies more flexibility in dealing with sick applicants. They would have the option to exclude coverage for illnesses going back twelve months rather than the currently mandated six months.
Plans that took that option could offer lower premiums to healthy people.