Blue Cross overhaul returns to Mich. House panel

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A proposal to end Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's tax-exempt status and transform it from a charitable trust to customer-owned nonprofit returns to a legislative committee as lawmakers work out concerns related to elderly coverage and other issues.

The House Insurance Committee hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday after last week's meeting was postponed.

The legislation passed the Senate in October.

Supporters say it modernizes the insurer and allows it to be taxed and regulated as its competitors. Critics counter it short-shrifts the elderly and reduces oversight of a company controlling 70 percent of the market.

Blue Cross is one of many major issues facing lawmakers at year's end. Leaders are debating whether to introduce divisive right-to-work legislation that would limit unions' ability to collect fees from nonunion workers.

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