Several state insurance commissioners have become outspoken supporters of efforts to let consumers keep in-force health insurance policies in place in 2014.
The commissioners in Hawaii and North Carolina have put out statements calling for carriers to extend existing policies that fail to meet Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act standards.
Gordon Ito, the Hawaii commissioner, said carriers can choose what they want to do.
But “we believe this will help to alleviate some of the concern and frustration over non-renewals,” Ito said.
In North Carolina, Wayne Goodwin said he’s asked his staff to do whatever’s necessary to make sure carriers can extend policies for another year.
Goodwin is setting up a quick review process to help carriers set rates for any policies they hope to extend.