Health briefs: Arizona increases grace period under ACA

2014-05-13T00:00:00Z 2014-05-15T20:15:54Z Health briefs: Arizona increases grace period under ACAArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

State adds extra time
for canceled plans

The Arizona Department of Insurance is giving an additional grace period to people holding health insurance policies that were canceled under the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands of plans were canceled last year because they did not meet terms of the Affordable Care Act, and policyholders received letters saying they needed to find a new plan. But after an outcry, President Obama said those policyholders could keep the plans for an extra year. State officials are upping that transition period to two years.

Insurers that renewed existing plans that otherwise would have been modified or canceled under the new health law on or before Dec. 31 may now renew those policies for an extra year, state officials say. The policies can be effective through 2015 but not into 2016.

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight issued a bulletin on March 5 addressing the extended transition of these policies and left the decision to the states whether or not to adopt the extension.

State officials issued a news release saying that listening to insurers who want to continue offering these plans and to consumers who want to be able to keep them led to the Arizona Department of Insurance decision.

UA’s Dr. Dan Derksen

to address US governors

University of Arizona public health policy professor Dr. Dan Derksen will be the keynote speaker at the National Governors Association Workforce Policy Academy meeting in Washington, D.C., next Monday and Tuesday.

Derksen will talk about the state’s role in using the health workforce as an economic driver, among other things.

The National Governors Association is convening states that are participating in the Building a Transformed Health Care Workforce: Moving From Planning to Implementation Policy Academy. During the meeting, officials from those states will have opportunities to network, share strategies and learn from national experts.

Compiled by Stephanie Innes

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