Like your health care policy? You may be losing it
BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | The Associated Press May 29, 2013 2:36PM
FILE - In this June 15, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the American Medical Association annual meeting in Chicago. Many consumers who buy their own health insurance could get a cancellation notice this fall because their current policies don't meet basic standards under President Barack Obama's health care law. They'll have to find replacement plans, state regulators say. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period," the president reassured the American Medical Association. "No one will take it away, no matter what." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Updated: May 29, 2013 2:36PM
WASHINGTON — State insurance regulators say many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises this fall: cancellation notices because their policies aren’t up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama’s overhaul.
These people, and some small businesses, will have to find replacement plans — and that has some state officials worried about consumer confusion.
The changes don’t seem to square with one of the president’s promises: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”
But supporters of the overhaul are betting consumers won’t object once they realize that the new coverage they will get is better than current bare-bones plans.
Large employer plans that cover most workers and their families are unlikely to be affected.