Govern­ment to pick plans for dis­placed cus­tomers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Wor­ried that in­sur­ers bail­ing out of the health law’s mar­kets may prompt their cus­tomers to drop out, too, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion plans to steer af­fected pol­i­cy­hold­ers to re­main­ing in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. But those con­sumers could get an un­wel­come sur­prise if their new govern­ment-rec­om­mended plan isn’t what they’re used to.

The back­stop was out­lined in an ad­min­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment cir­cu­lat­ing among in­sur­ers and state reg­u­la­tors. It also calls for reach­ing those “dis­con­tin­ued con­sumers” with a con­stant stream of re­minders as the health law’s 2017 sign-up sea­son goes into full swing. Open en­roll­ment for Health­Care.gov starts Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31. A copy of the strat­egy was pro­vided to The As­so­ci­ated Press. The health in­sur­ance mar­kets were en­vi­sioned as dy­namic en­gines to fa­cil­i­tate pri­vate com­pe­ti­tion, but in many states they have run into prob­lems that could lead to a greater govern­ment role.

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