2013-11-21 / Front Page

California staying the course on insurance cancellations

California's health insurance exchange has declined a presidential invitation permitting insurers to grant extensions to more than 1 million customers with policies set to terminate at year's end.

Covered California officials said they were leery of giving insurance companies more time to terminate individual policies that don't conform to the federal heathcare overhaul, or were obtained after its passage in March 2010.


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Chairwoman Diana Dooley said she was troubled by the impact of the cancellations, "But fundamental mitigation is not possible," she said.

"If I thought for a minute that by delaying it we could solve some of the problems I would delay it," added Susan Kennedy.

Any decision at the exchange's board meeting Thursday would have been conditioned on working out separate agreements with 11 health plans.

In a retreat, President Barack Obama announced last week that states could extend millions of canceled insurance policies for another year amid uproar over his broken pledge that those who like their plans would be able to keep them.

Chairwoman Diana Dooley said she was troubled by the impact of the cancellations, "But fundamental mitigation is not possible," she said.

"If I thought for a minute that by delaying it we could solve some of the problems I would delay it," added Susan Kennedy.

Any decision at the exchange's board meeting Thursday would have been conditioned on working out separate agreements with 11 health plans.

In a retreat, President Barack Obama announced last week that states could extend millions of canceled insurance policies for another year amid uproar over his broken pledge that those who like their plans would be able to keep them.

But Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones rejected the argument that releasing insurers from the contract would harm the exchange or the state's implementation of the healthcare law.

Jones over the last two weeks has already negotiated two- and three-month extensions for some customers with two of the state's largest insurers.

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