Insurers to continue early reforms regardless of Supreme Court ruling
By Javier Sanabria
With the Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) pending, the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, announced Monday that it will extend several health reform provisions enacted under the Act regardless of the court’s ruling.
UnitedHealthcare said it will continue to provide preventive healthcare services without copays and dependent coverage to young adults up to age 26. The company will also continue its elimination of lifetime limits and will not pursue rescissions of individual coverage except in cases of fraud.
Humana and Aetna followed suit later in the day, announcing they too would retain certain provisions under the PPACA.
While other health insurers await the Supreme Court’s ruling, how will things shake out in the healthcare sector subsequently?
For Milliman’s perspective on this year’s uncertainty, read the article “Blind curves ahead.”