Similar legislation introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), another senator fighting for re-election, and five other Democratic senators would require insurers to continue such existing plans indefinitely, unless policy holders violate eligibility requirements or the insurance carrier pulls out of the market entirely.
"I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, and it will need to be improved as it is implemented. This common-sense bill ensures the health reform law allows Coloradans to maintain insurance coverage," Udall said in a statement. "I share the concern that some health insurance companies are choosing to cancel thousands of Coloradans' plans. That's why my common-sense bill will allow Coloradans the option to keep their current coverage if they want or to purchase new plans through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace that may better meet their health care needs."
Brook Hougesen, a spokewoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, immediately decried the move as "[p]urely political."