Pennsylvania is not engaging in extensive planning on the development of key components of the Affordable Care Act and will not do so until it receives additional information from the federal government.
So explained state Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine in an August letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Mr. Consedine reinforced this message in a statement he submitted to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on September 12.
According to Mr. Consedine, Pennsylvania lacks the information it needs on two important aspects of the 2010 health care reform law: the creation of health insurance exchanges and the development of the essential benefits packages that insurers will be required to offer Pennsylvanians.
Read more about the state’s position on this issue in this Central Penn Business Journal article. In addition, read Mr. Consedine’s letter to Secretary Sebelius here and his statement to the House Ways and Means Committee here.