Letters to the Editor

A step backward?

I must be missing something here. Although California may ultimately allow insurance companies to continue selling any health insurance plans currently scheduled to end on Dec. 31, the original Affordable Care Act says that you can keep a plan for another year, but only if it was purchased before the law was passed.

Since new plans issued after the law was passed are already required to be compliant with certain provisions of the law, they are likely closer to what the law requires overall than the older “grandfathered plans.”

Given one of the objectives of the ACA was to require all plans to provide these minimum health services, why did the original law permit the continuation of less compliant plans, and require the cancellation of more compliant plans?

Seems to be stepping backward.