HHS: No double standard for kids' insurance policies

Kaiser Health News writer Mary Agnes Carey reports on the Obama administration's announcement Wednesday that health insurers must have the same rules for selling to healthy children as those with medical problems. "Some insurers want to allow healthy children to enroll year-round but only have a limited 'open season' for ones with pre-existing conditions. Not so fast, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Such an approach is legally questionable and 'inconsistent with the language and intent' of the health care law, Sebelius wrote" (Carey, 10/13). Read the entire story.  

Kaiser Health NewsThis article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


  1. Coffee Guy Coffee Guy United States says:

    It is outrageous to penalize "unhealthy children."

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