Monday, May 10, 2010

Whose Side Is HHS On, Anyway? Apparently Not Ours

Astonishing. HHS helpfully points out to insurance companies how they can avoid covering young people on their parents' policies, and reminds them that they can charge more for such coverage if they do decide to offer it:
Limits to be placed on insurance coverage for dependents

By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 10, 2010; 9:12 AM

Regulations drafted by the Obama administration show that there is a limit to the new requirement that health plans allow families to keep young adults on their policies up to age 26.

"The new policy applies only to health insurance plans that offer dependent coverage in the first place: while most insurers and employer-sponsored plans offer dependent coverage, there is no requirement to do so," the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Monday.

In addition, families can be charged more for coverage of the young adult to the extent "similarly situated" individuals can be required to pay more under their health plan, HHS said. The young adults must be offered all of the benefit packages available to "similarly situated" individuals who did not lose coverage because their dependent status ended, HHS said.


Will someone please remind me what Congress was doing during all those months it claimed to be working on health care "reform"? and what in hell HHS is doing advising insurance companies how to swindle us more effectively?

(H/T David Dayen on Firedoglake.)

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