Mass. Insurers Will Keep Key Elements of Obamacare

Monday, 18 Jun 2012 10:02 AM

By Greg McDonald

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The largest health insurers in Massachusetts say they plan to keep at least two popular Obamacare programs in place if the Supreme Court ruling expected later this month results in overturning the law.

According to the Boston Globe, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Tufts Health Plan will continue to allow young adult children to remain on their parents’ plans up to age 26 and continue providing preventive services with no copayments as well.

“These important benefits and protections provide stability to our members and the community,’’ Blue Cross chief executive Andrew Dreyfus said in a statement provided to the Globe.

According to the newspaper, the anticipated court ruling is not expected to affect Massachusetts the way it will other states, whether the law is overturned or only partially modified. The state has its own universal health coverage law, which was created by former Gov. Mitt Romney, and it includes an individual mandate that every state resident must carry health insurance.

The state mandate would continue in place, the Globe noted, even if the Obamacare mandate is reversed.

But the Globe also noted that there would have to be adjustments made in other state health programs that changed or were expanded because of the federal law passed in 2010. That could cause some problems, said Dr. Don Berwich, who oversaw the initial rollout of the Romney universal state plan.

“When I think about trying to unwind the entire [Massachusetts] law or even major elements of it . . . I get a headache,’’ he told the Globe.

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