HHS February 2013: As The ACA Is Implemented We Expect Grandfathered Coverage To Diminish


In a posting about mental health coverage under Obamacare dated February 20, 2013, the HHS noted in fine print [emphasis added]:

NOTE: These estimates include individuals and families who are currently enrolled in grandfathered coverage. Grandfathered plans are not required to comply with the Essential Health Benefits provisions of the Affordable Care Act. We note that, as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, we expect grandfathered coverage to diminish, particularly in the individual market.

So they knew that even the grandfathered plans weren’t going to last and that people would, in fact, be losing their coverage, even if they had it on the day Obamacare was signed into law. So I guess the asterisk needs an asterisk.

Here’s a screen shot in case they change it.