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GA lawmakers OK insurance sales across state lines

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation that would allow Georgians to purchase health insurance across state lines is on its way to Gov. Nathan Deal.

The House voted 98-58 Thursday night to agree to changes made in the Senate.

Supporters contend the bill would lower insurance costs by introducing more competition. Opponents say it paves the way for watered-down policies that don't require coverage for crucial procedures that Georgia policies mandate.

Georgia law mandates that all policies cover a number of treatments and services, such as breast cancer screenings and visits to keep children healthy.

Peachtree Republican state Rep. Matt Ramsey sponsored the bill. He says it permits insurance companies with licenses to operate in Georgia to offer policies sold in other states.

House Bill 47: http://www.legis.ga.gov

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