AirTalk for November 15, 2013

How will California reverse course on health plan cancellations?

Insurance Agents Aid In Signing People Up For Affordable Health Care Act Coverage

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Mercy Cabrera, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, speaks on the phone as she helps a person with information about an insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act at the store setup in the Westland Mall on November 14, 2013 in Hialeah, Florida. As the insurance agents continue to help people purchase and understand the policies offered under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Americans who have had their health insurance plans canceled because of the Affordable Care Act can keep those plans for another year if they wish to.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he's asked Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, to look into restoring health coverage to more than 1 million Californians who have had their health insurance plans cancelled under the Affordable Care Act.

The botched launch of the federal Obamacare website, coupled with mounting complaints from lawmakers and Americans angry about not being able to keep their existing health plans, have put pressure on President Obama to offer some sort of concession.

The President is leaving up to individual state's insurance commissioners to have the final say on whether cancelled policies would be reinstated. Oregon and Washington are among the states who have rejected the option.

How would the California Insurance Commission go about restoring these cancelled policies? Would it throw the delicate balance of Obamacare on the local level out of whack?


Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner

Patrick Johnston, President & CEO, California Association of Health Plans

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