Cancellations of old health care plans may not be reversed for Missourians, despite Obama's decision to allow old plans to continue through 2014.
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Cancellations of old health care plans may not be reversed for Missourians, despite Obama's decision to allow old plans to continue through 2014.

Date: November 18, 2013
By: Jessica Mensch
State Capitol Bureau
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Restrictions put on insurance plans thanks to the Affordable Care Act may prevent Missourians from purchasing the insurance plans they want.
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Wrap: 14 policies have been canceled so far in Missouri due to Affordable Care Act requirements, leaving many looking for new plans that may not exist.

The Vice President of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents Larry Case says he worries people who have had plans canceled may not be able to find the new policy they are looking for.

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Description: "They no longer may be able to sell what the consumer wants because a lot of consumers chose policies maybe with coverage exceptions."

Case says the state will need to make exceptions to allow insurance agencies to reinstate canceled plans for 2014.

The Missouri Department of Insurance and the Governor's office refused to comment on whether the department will make an exception for plans that were previously canceled.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

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The Missouri Department of Insurance and the Governor's office refuse to comment on whether Missourians will be able to reverse insurance plan cancellations.
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Wrap: The Missouri Department of Insurance cited 14 policies canceled so far due to Affordable Care Act requirements that President Obama said can continue to be used through 2014.

The Vice President of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents Larry Case says it may be too late for some Missourians.

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Description: "The problem is if the filings have already been withdrawn, now the carriers may be in violation of state law unless they get an exception from the department. It may be too late for them to retrench and redo rates by the first of the year."

The Missouri Department of Insurance and the Governor's office refused comment on whether the department will be granting exceptions so previously canceled plans can be filed again.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

 


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