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Food supplement bill bad for business

Associated Industries of Missouri this week spoke against a bill that would increase insurance mandates by forcing coverage of food supplements.

House Bill 1580, sponsored by Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph), mandates that insurance companies doing business in Missouri provide coverage for food supplements prescribed by a physician acting within the scope of his or her practice.

The bill gives a broad definition of the term “food supplement”. AIM maintains that the bill would increase costs by requiring additional items to be covered that may or may not be covered without the bill.

“As the cost of insurance rises due to this and other insurance mandates, fewer employers are able to provide insurance to their employees,” AIM president Ray McCarty told the House Health Insurance Committee this week. “Therefore, we oppose this and all other insurance mandates that increase the cost of healthcare for employers.”

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