Charleston Gazette – West Virginians who enrolled in health insurance plans incompatible with the Affordable Care Act before its onset will now have three more years to choose a new plan, according to the state’s insurance chief. Read
West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Mike Riley said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the decision to extend the allowable period for ACA non-compliant plans on April 10. On March 5, the federal government decided to allow those with non-compliant plans to keep them through October 2017 if their states and insurance companies allow it.
The decision likely will impact only a small portion of the population enrolled in the small-group marketplace. According to Riley, the governor based his decision on feedback from various insurers who indicated that some of their customers had renewed non-compliant plans through 2014, the previous deadline for switching to an ACA compliant plan.
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