Several major insurance companies — including WellPoint, Cigna and CoventryOne — have decided to stop issuing children’s policies just days before the start of new rules forbidding them from turning down sick children. The prohibition is among several provisions of the healthcare-reform law that kick in Thursday and that Democrats plan to highlight ahead of the midterm elections.
Democrats are especially galled by the announcement because the industry’s lobbying arm, America’s Health Insurance Plans, had appeared to support the measure.
“Six months ago, the insurance industry trade association promised that their members would ‘fully comply’ with the provision in the health reform law outlawing discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions, ” Stark said in a statement. “Now with this consumer protection about to go into effect, we find out they didn’t really mean it.
They probably did mean it until they read the bill.. Now there will be no child only insurance plans for healthy or sick kids. thanks Nancy