Your Approval for Health Insurance Is Guaranteed
The Guaranteed Issue
If you sign up for health insurance today, the insurance company can’t deny you for a pre-existing medical condition, but it’s not always been this way. Let’s take a look back for a minute. Laws have varied by state, but in most states an individual who had a pre-existing condition, or came down with a condition such as cancer could not get an individual or family health insurance plan.
Some insurance companies had a list of over 400 different medical conditions that could trigger a denial. People were turned away, or if they had a condition that was lower risk, some were offered coverage for a higher premium.
For millions of Americans this was a major hardship. That all changed with the passing of the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010. It became a federal law that health insurance policies must be sold on a guaranteed issue regardless of health status. This was an amazing step forward in moving the county toward a better system of healthcare, where all could be insured.
March 23, 2010 – Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPCA) signed into law
September 23, 2010 – All children under 19 could receive coverage guaranteed issue
January 1, 2014 – All applicants for individual, family and group health plans are guaranteed issue
There are a few health plans that are not required to follow the new rules of guaranteed issue.
Supplemental insurance (some types). An example of this would be Short Term Insurance. Plans such as these do not have to meet the requirements for Obamacare California, so they are exempt from guaranteed issue.
Grandfathered Plans that were in existence before the new law was passed on March 23, 2010.