ACA requirements stand

State rejects Obama’s fix for health plans cancelled due to ACA

California has rejected President Obama’s solution for those left without health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

About 1 million policyholders in the Golden State were recently notified that their health plans will be canceled at the end of the year because they do not meet the ACA’s minimum coverage requirements, according to California Healthline.

Obama announced a plan last week that would allow insurers to continue selling plans in 2014 that do not meet the health-care law’s requirements. But on Nov. 21, the board for Covered California, the state’s health-exchange marketplace, unanimously rejected Obama’s proposal, releasing a statement that said “extending the deadline offers no benefit to the consumer and may create confusion about accessing affordable health-care coverage.” Seven other states have also rejected Obama’s proposal.

About 80,000 Californians have enrolled in the ACA through Covered California, according to The New York Times, with a rate of several thousand new enrollees every day so far in November.