Donelon: At least 80,000 face canceled policies
BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says at least 80,000 people in Louisiana won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul.
Donelon said Monday that he asked insurance companies doing business in Louisiana for a tally of how many customers had existing plans that can't continue under President Barack Obama's health care law.
He says at least 80,000 people will lose their current coverage. A few insurers haven't yet sent back a response, so Donelon says he expects the final figure to be about 90,000 people whose coverage is being canceled because the policies don't meet federal requirements.
Donelon says most of the policies are for people who pay for their own insurance, rather than getting it through their workplace or some other group.
Cancellations for many people's current individual policies are being sent out because they don't include what the Affordable Care Act defined as "essential health benefits": outpatient care, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, emergency room visits, hospitalization, lab tests, maternity and newborn care, preventative services and chronic disease care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and pediatric services including vision and dental coverage.
People whose plans weren't being continued would need to purchase new plans through the new health insurance marketplace. The Obama administration said people getting new plans could qualify for subsidies which would help offset any increases in premiums, and many would find policies with lower premiums.
For more information on the Affordable Care Act, visit our Health Insurance Marketplace page.