Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union, Somerset and Morris) is demanding that the federal government move to protect the health insurance policies of 90,000 New Jersey Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield members.
A little background is necessary, Save Jerseyans. Last week, the Christie Administration decided to buck President Obam by allowing insurance companies decide whether to renew cancelled “basic and essential” health plans permitted for an additional year under a wildly-unconstitutional presidential executive order.
Horizon subsequently vowed to renew “Basic and Essential Plus” plans but, interestingly enough, these plans apparently aren’t eligible for renewal even pursuant to the Obama order.
The current waiver applicable to these particular plans expire this December 31st. New Jersey’s Department of Banking and Insurance believes these B & E plans would have to be dramatically (and expensively) modified to comply with (Un)affordable Care Act mandates.
“The federal government promised that people would be able to keep their health insurance plans if they were happy with their coverage,” said Asm. Bramnick who is widely considered a potential GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in 2014. “But Horizon is being forced to cancel plans because of new federal mandates under the new healthcare law. The uncertainty surrounding healthcare coverage is unsettling for many people and their families. Swift and decisive action must be taken to ensure 90,000 New Jerseyans will not lose their health insurance.”
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