Amendment to Regulation on “Grandfathered” Health Plans


On June 17th, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) issued the “grandfather” regulation which, by addressing how health plans can retain a “grandfathered” exemption from certain new requirements, helps protect Americans’ ability to keep their current plan if they like it.  At the same time, Americans in grandfathered plans will receive many of the added benefits that the new law provides.  The regulation also minimizes market disruption and helps put us on a path toward the competitive, patient-centered market of the future. 

The grandfather regulation includes a number of rules for determining when changes to a health plan cause the plan to lose its grandfathered status.  For example, plans could lose their grandfather status if they choose to make certain significant changes that reduce benefits or increase costs to consumers.  This amendment modifies one aspect of the original regulation. 

Read the entire update from Health and Human Services by clicking here.


The Fort Worth Association of Health Underwriters is a local chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters, a member organization that represents nearly 20,000 licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals through more than 200 chapters across America.

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