COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's insurance director says the state will work with insurers to reissue health plans now ticketed for cancellation under federal law, following a change announced by President Barack Obama.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who heads Ohio's Department of Insurance, says Obama's shift adds uncertainty to an insurance market in chaos. Taylor, a Republican, has been a vocal critic of the health overhaul.
Obama announced Thursday he would give insurers the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled because they fall short of the coverage standards under the law. It will now be up to companies to decide which plans remain for sale, subject to the approval of state insurance commissioners like Taylor.
Taylor says she supports letting Ohioans keep the health care plans they want.