Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, sent AHIP president Karen Ignagni a letter Monday pledging to issue new regulations in coming weeks to clarify that insurers must take applications from sick children starting in September. "Now is not the time to search for non-existent loopholes that preserve a broken system," Ms. Sebelius said.
AHIP said de-linking the requirement to insure sick children from the law's mandate that everyone buy health-insurance coverage, which goes into effect in 2014, could drive up prices in the meantime. But the group said it would do whatever HHS tells it to do.
In fact, QueenNancy, the Legislative Genius, wrote the law poorly and there WAS a 'loophole' in the coverage mandate.
But health-insurers (like utilities---hint, hint, hint) don't give a rat's patoot about coverage mandates because so long as ALL of them operate under the same mandate, there will be no price competition at all.
IOW, bend over and begin to kiss.