Yesterday, UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, announced that it would keep in place several consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, regardless of whether the law is upheld by the Supreme Court.
These provisions include allowing parents to keep their adult children on their plans up to the age of 26, requiring no co-pays on preventative health care, putting no lifetime limits on insurance payouts, and prohibiting the rescinding of coverage after a member becomes ill.
Is UnitedHealthcare’s plan incredibly generous? Will it change the healthcare playing field?
Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public policy at Princeton and author of “The Social Transformation of American Medicine.” He also served as senior health policy advisor in the Clinton White House.