Capsules: Some States Balk At Enforcing Health Law's Insurance Protections

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Phil Galewitz reports: "Florida regulators won't penalize insurance companies that violate new health law consumer protections that take effect in January but will report them to the federal government, according to an agreement between the state and federal officials. Citing lack of money and legal authority, Pennsylvania's top insurance regulator hasn't decided whether his agency can enforce the provisions, … such as requiring insurers to provide coverage to all applicants regardless of their health status, prohibiting insurers from charging more based on gender or health, and greatly limiting what insurers can charge for premiums based on age. At least three others— Missouri, Oklahoma and Wyoming — have informed the Obama administration that they can't or won't enforce the law. … While federal officials say they will step in if necessary, policy experts note they have little experience enforcing health insurance laws and few resources in states to do it" (Galewitz, 3/19). Check out what else is on the blog.

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