I've been doing my best to correct false or misleading information from friends and others about the ACA. I've told someone who got a Blue Cross "cancellation" letter that he's likely to do better on the exchange. I've corrected someone who thought that pre-existing conditions could not bar insurance, but could still affect rates.
But the barrage of "horror stories" needing correction continues. For example, today, a lawyer at a small firm (under 50) wrote to me:
Our group plan was terminated. Under the new plan, I will go from $868 out of pocket per mo. to $1070 per mo. Plus a $5700 deductible I didn’t have before. The insurance consultant I spoke with said that as a result of ACA, approx. 2/3 of small employer plans would be voided by the end of the year.This sounds fishy. I told him that the consultant and the ins. co. were probably blaming the ACA for a change they would make anyway; Was I right? is it really related to the ACA?
We need a clearinghouse for an ACA Truth Squad. A place where you can send in a story like this and get a quick response about the truth. That would be a great Daily Kos feature.
Meanwhile -- what about the guy who wrote me today and his plan change?