The definition of "state" in the Public Health Service Act indicates that the ACA market rules don't apply to the territories, HHS wrote. The department said group health plans in the territories must still comply with other requirements in the law, like the ban on lifetime and annual limits, a ban on rescission and a coverage of preventive benefits (which includes contraception coverage).Like implementing the law in the first place?
A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is overseeing ACA implementation, said the agency recognized the territories' insurance markets experienced adverse selection issues because of their special circumstances.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sorry, territories, no Obamacare for you: