Administration May Consider More Employer Exceptions Under Healthcare Law.

Bloomberg News (10/25, Armstrong) reports, “Employers may be allowed to switch their health insurers and still be shielded from costly coverage changes mandated in President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, a White House official said.” The law states that “once companies change plans, they must provide added services, including preventative care,” but the “US is weighing whether to allow employers to avoid the requirements, even with a new insurer, as long as benefit levels stay the same, said a White House official who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.” Meanwhile, Jay Angoff, director of the HHS insurance oversight office, said, “We’re working with everyone from the business community to insurers to state insurance commissioners to consumers to ensure a smooth transition.”

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