Insurers' Coverage Commitments a No-Brainer
Amidst the tedium of waiting for the Supreme Court to make its decision regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, almost any ACA-related news is fodder for coverage. So there was a ripple of excitement a few days ago when the mighty UnitedHealthcare announced which provisions of the ACA it says it will cheerfully continue, even if the law is ruled unconstitutional.
In a statement released without fanfare, Stephen J. Hemsley, president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group, outlined five coverage options it expects to continue:
- preventive healthcare without copayments
- coverage of dependents up to age 26
- lifetime policy limits
"The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people's health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising health care costs. These provisions make sense for the people we serve, and it is important to ensure they know these provisions will continue," said Hemsley in the release.
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