Health Insurers Gear Up For The Affordable Care Act

Health Insurers Gear Up For The Affordable Care Act

Health insurers are gearing up for the Obama health care law, which opens enrollment to previously uninsured individuals in October. Kojo examines one company's request to raise premiums and looks at the options for consumers.

Under the still-controversial Affordable Care Act, health insurers are gearing up to enroll previously uninsured individuals, beginning in October. In preparation, the region's biggest insurance company wants to raise premiums for those people, saying they're likely to be in poor health and need expensive care. But the law's advocates are crying foul. Kojo examines what the influx of new customers will mean for insurers and what the options will be for consumers.

Guests

Mila Kofman

Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Scott Gottlieb

Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Practicing Physician; Senior official at the FDA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the Bush Administration

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