TPM has obtained a copy of the letter that the Obama administration sent Thursday to state insurance commissioners, providing them with guidance on the administrative fix for people whose health plans have been canceled under Obamacare.
The fix allows health insurers to offer customers the option of renewing their existing coverage for an additional year. The administration will suspend any enforcement of the law's market reforms for these existing polices. The letter asks state authorities to do the same.
"State agencies responsible for enforcing the specified market reforms are encouraged to adopt the same transitional policy with respect to this coverage," the letter said.
The letter provides some more details about how the policy will be enforced. Policies must have been in existence as of Oct. 1, 2013, in order to be eligible to be renewed. Existing policies that come up for renewal between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 1, 2014, would be allowed to be renewed for an additional year.
The full letter is below.
CMS Letter To States On Obamacare Fix.pdf by tpmdocs