Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New law requires child-only health policies

Health insurance companies that offer individual policies in Colorado will be required to provide at least one child-only benefit plan under a bill Gov. John Hickenlooper signed April 29. Senate Bill 11-128 came in response to several insurance companies exiting the child-only market last year. That move was an attempt to avoid compliance with a rule in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that prohibited insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions for new plans issued after Sept. 23, 2010. The new law will provide a strong incentive for insurance companies to offer child-only plans.

Coverage of the insurance companies’ abandonment of child-only policies was in the Sept. 3 edition of Health Law and Policy Update. For a complete list of the bills the Health Care Program of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy is following, visit the legislative update page on our website.

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