Attorneys general win federal lawsuit on healthcare benefits

Individual, small group health insurance plans continue to provide essential health care benefits

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Andy Beshear and 11 other attorneys general announced they won a federal lawsuit that will protect essential health care benefits for Kentuckians on individual and small group health insurance plans.

The attorney general says the lawsuit sought to invalidate a change in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Association Health Plan Rule that would have allowed individual and small group health plans not to comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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At stake in the case is the continuation of more than 10 key health care protections like newborn, maturity and pediatric services, oral and vision care, and substance abuse treatment.

The ruling also allows employees in these health plans to be able to continue to qualify for health care tax incentives that keep health insurance premiums affordable.

Following the district court’s rejection of the federal government rule Thursday, the case was remanded to the Department of Labor for changes. The defendants have 60 days from the date of the ruling to appeal.

Kentuckians can follow Beshear’s progress to preserve health care online at ag.ky.gov/healthcare.