Here's why it's important:
Policymakers are increasingly focused on how to reduce the number of uninsured Americans and lower the cost of health insurance," stated CAHI Executive Director J.P. Wieske. "While some state and federal legislators continue to pass new mandated benefit laws, others recognize that mandates drive up the cost of health insurance and make health insurance policies unaffordable for millions of Americans. As implementation of the new federal health insurance law further drives up the cost of health insurance, the cost of adding new mandated benefits will become a more important issue.”
Washington, with 57 mandates, just misses being in the top 5.