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Nearly all states have taken action on Affordable Care Act's Patients' Bill of Rights
Date:3/21/2012

took effect, nearly all states have moved ahead on the new coverage options and consumer protections now available to their residents under the Affordable Care Act," said Sara Collins, Vice President for Affordable Health Insurance at The Commonwealth Fund. "With these actions, states across the country are taking steps to make sure that insurance carriers subject to the reform law provide American families with the new benefits guaranteed under the law."

The report finds that states took the following actions:

  • Twelve statesConnecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Virginiapassed new legislation or issued new regulations that addressed all 10 of the reforms.
  • The District of Columbia and 11 statesCalifornia, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsinpassed a new law or issued a new regulation on at least one early market reform.
  • Fifteen statesAlabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texasissued new subregulatory guidance, such as a bulletin to advise insurers of the reforms.
  • Eleven statesAlaska, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyomingreported that regulators were actively reviewing insurer filings for compliance with the reforms even though the state had not otherwise passed a new law or issued new regulations or other guidance.
  • Only Arizona had taken no action.

The authors identified a variety of reasons why states may have chosen to address only some of the early market reforms in new legislation or regulations. Some states already had existing state laws that they viewed as consistent with the Affordable Care Act; some took action only on reforms where their existing state laws were in direct co
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Contact: Mary Mahon
mm@cmwf.org
212-606-3853
Commonwealth Fund
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