Budget negotiators tabled a rider to eliminate PPACA’s medical loss ratio restrictions as part of the deal cut Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

The MLR provisions requiring insurers to spend a minimum percentage of premium revenues on medical care were among a number of roadblocks to health care reform implementation erected by Republicans in their 2011 budget proposals. By the end of Friday’s nail-biter negotiations, however, the MLR rider was set aside for future consideration in Congress.

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