Oops! part 2

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ChkitOut, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Insurers drop child-only coverage on eve of health reform mandates

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants to know why health insurers are "turning a blind eye" and backing off a promise they made in March to sell child-only policies to children with preexisting conditions. Sebelius joined Sen. Chris Dodd (D, Conn.) and other lawmakers at a news conference on Sept. 23 on Capitol Hill.

    New requirements under health system reform took effect Sept. 23, including some the administration said would protect patients from many of the worst insurance industry abuses.

    But the transition didn't go entirely as planned. A few days before rules took effect, many insurers said they would stop selling new child-only policies, citing requirements that the plans said made such policies too risky. The insurers included the five largest private-pay plans by enrollment -- WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna and Humana -- and some nonprofit BlueCross BlueShield plans.