Evidence we can expect longer lines under Obamacare

10/05/2012 - 11:11am

The state of New York is looking to hear from the Obama Administration how it plans to allow New York to limit the number of times you can see your doctor.

In its letter to the Obama Administration selecting the health benefits that will be required under Obamacare for individual and small group health plans, the state of New York suggests that while lifetime and annual limits will be outlawed, we will see longer lines or fewer allowed visits instead.

In relevant part, the letter states:

Removal of Annual/Lifetime Dollar Limits - New York State awaits further federal guidance on the process for substituting dollar limits on benefits with actuarially equivalent quantitative limits (e.g., annual visit limits).

States had until October 1, 2012 to choose an existing health plan as a minimum "benchmark" for Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits (EHB)in their respective states.