New York is one of nine states that won’t let people renew insurance policies that were canceled because of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, according to Stateline, part of the Pew Charitable Trusts. The others are California, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Twenty-five states are undecided, the news service reported.
After an outcry by people and politicians about canceled policies, President Barack Obama requested that consumers be allowed to renew them, even though they don’t comply with all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Due to widely publicized problems with the federal exchange website, many consumers weren’t immediately able to get quotes for new insurance policies or find out if they qualified for any government subsidies.
Stateline singles out New York and Washington for not agreeing to the renewals. The two states “have always been on board with the president’s health reforms,” the article said. States that have been anti-Affordable Care Act, such as Mississippi and Oklahoma, are allowing the policies to be reinstated.
The policies that have been canceled don’t meet the minimum standards required by the Affordable Care Act, such as they don’t provide maternal health care, mental health care and pediatric dental and vision care, according to Stateline. The insurers could have renewed policies that didn’t meet the new federal standards for another year, but many decided against that.
States that have said they would not renew noncompliant policies have reasoned that doing so could undermine the success of the Affordable Care Act, according to Stateline.
The article cites a Kaiser Family Foundation statistic that roughly 15 million Americans are covered under individual plans. It also refers to a Families USA report issued Thursday that said 1.6 million Americans under 65 risk losing their individual policies and are also ineligible for subsidies on the health exchange.
(Associated Press file photo of President Barack Obama.)