GOP Measure Would Exempt More Plans From Health Reform Requirements.

Modern Healthcare (9/16, Zigmond, Subscription Publication) reports, “House
Republicans on Thursday returned to the familiar topic of repealing the
healthcare reform law as a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing
examined the statute’s grandfathered-plan and medical-loss-ratio regulations.”
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) noted “estimates from the Obama administration that 49% to
80% of small-employer plans, 34% to 64% of large-employer plans and 40% to 67%
of individual insurance plans will not be grandfathered by the end of 2013 —
despite statements from President Barack Obama that those who like their plans
can keep them.” But, HHS’ Steve Larsen, who spoke before the panel, “emphasized
that grandfathered plans must still eliminate lifetime limits, cover most adult
children until age 26 and abide by consumer protections such as the medical-loss
ratio — all provisions outlined in the Affordable Care Act.”

 

CQ
(9/16, Ethridge, Subscription Publication) points out that during the hearing,
Republican lawmakers touted “legislation that would exempt all health insurance
plans in existence before the law’s passage.” They “said the draft legislation
would ensure that Americans can keep their existing health care plans, as
President Obama promised during the debate over far-reaching changes to the
system.”

 

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