Reversal on ACA cancellations gets mixed response
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A month after President Barack Obama announced people could keep insurance policies slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul, the reversal has gotten a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.
Many consumers complained in October and November after insurers notified them that their individual policies were being canceled because they did not cover pre-existing conditions, hospitalization, prescription drugs or seven other basic benefits required under the law.
In pitching the overhaul, Obama had long promised that people who liked their policies could keep them.
Then Obama announced Nov. 14 that companies could continue existing policies that don't meet the minimum requirements if state regulators approved.
Reporting by The Associated Press shows that older policies are being allowed to continue in 36 states, either because officials allowed it after Obama's announcement, decided not to intervene in any way or had made a decision earlier in the year to extend noncompliant policies for a period of time.
Even so, insurers were given a choice of whether to continue the policies, and some declined to do so.