The biggest U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth, announced on Monday that they plan to maintain the healthcare laws proposed by President Barack Obama in 2010 regardless of the Court’s ruling. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision by the end of the month, according to Reuters.
The medical reform that President Barack Obama suggested in 2010 was supposed to enact several changes within the health coverage systems. The Supreme Court has subjected the new plan to a thorough analysis announcing that they will adopt a decision in relation to the new provision by the end of this month. UnitedHealth, however, thinks the President’s propositions were good, so the insurance company will preserve great part of the provisions even if the reform will be enacted or not.
Based on the declarations made by the spokespersons of the insurer, UnitedHealth will continue to provide medical coverage for dependents up to 26 years old by including them in their parents’ plan. Several healthcare services will be provided without requiring copayment, such as, annual checkups, screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as immunizations.
UnitedHealth Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hemsley explained that the company decided to preserve Obama’s provisions because they make a difference for their customers. They believe this new coverage system will enable people to benefit of highly qualitative medical services. In addition, they will better control and, hopefully, limit the rising health care costs.
There are several provisions that UnitedHealth will not maintain, including the law which prohibits insurers to deny coverage to children up to 19 years old who suffer from pre-existing diseases. Hemsley told reporters that this law may not be accepted without the help of the rest of the insurance companies. He, nevertheless, reassured people that UnitedHealth is willing to cooperate with the rest of the companies to provide medical coverage for all patients.
In the end, UnitedHealth declared that the provisions will be enacted immediately and they will be valid for both current and future plan members. The insurer hopes that this way, more than 30 million uninsured Americans will receive health care services.