Choice of Health Insurance Plans Offer Customers Financial Relief, Flexibility
Changes to health insurance regulations give consumers more choice
Mountain View, Calif. – October 31, 2018 – Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace opens tomorrow. In the last year, lawmakers have made several changes to the laws and regulations affecting health insurance. From changes to the tax penalty to greater access to different types of major medical insurance, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of choice for health insurance consumers.
For the first time since the launch of ACA plans in 2014, in 2019 consumers will not have to worry about paying a tax if they don’t have an ACA compliant health plan. They will also have options for longer duration short term health insurance plans that were not available last year.
Gavin Southwell, the CEO of AgileHealthIsurance.com’s parent company, HIIQ, commented, “For consumers in need of health insurance, the elimination of the tax penalty and broadening of the maximum duration of short term health insurance is a double win. Consumers now have the freedom to shop outside of the ACA for health insurance they can afford without fear of a tax fine.”
In adopting the federal regulation extending short term health insurance to terms of up to 364 days, renewable up to 36 months, states have taken innovative turns to benefit their citizens. Ohio has mandated short term health insurance cover mammography screenings and autism spectrum disorder services. Iowa requires longer duration short term plans to cover pre-existing conditions. In South Dakota, policies of longer than six-months are guaranteed renewable.
“These specific mandates reflect a movement to shape health insurance reform in a way that meets each state’s unique set of needs,” commented Mr. Southwell. “And it’s Something we should expect to see more of.”
Last week, the Trump administration introduced a proposed rule which, if adopted, would grant states greater flexibility in pursuing health care strategies. While the ACA provides states the opportunity to seek a waiver under Section 1332, sometimes called the State Relief and Empowerment Waiver, they have been difficult to obtain. The proposed federal regulation would reduce the legal parameters needed to qualify for a waiver, enabling states to redefine, broaden, and revamp health insurance for their citizenry.
When asked about how the 1322 waivers will play out, Mr. Southwell said, “at least 40 states have already extended short term health insurance durations to between six to 12 months, demonstrating a commitment to finding affordable insurance solutions for their citizens so we should expect even more creative solutions from the various states using 1322 waivers.”
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