Among the provisions that UnitedHealth will keep are:
* No more rescissions
* No more lifetime limits
* Allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ coverage up to age 26
* Free prevention and wellness
We anticipate that the Supreme Court will uphold the law in full, so we expect this announcement will be moot. Unless the Supreme Court takes the radical and breathtakingly extreme position of striking down the entire law, the consumer protections cited will continue, even if one provision is struck down and needs to be fixed.
Ultimately, it’s best for consumers to have the longtime security provided by the federal law, rather than the voluntary agreement to abide by some but not all consumer protections. United is not agreeing to other consumer protections, from no denials for pre-existing conditions to ensuring the premium dollars go to patient care rather than administration and profit.
The Supreme Court is expected to announce their decision sometime this month.