Forum Looks to Give a Picture of Post-Election Healthcare

December 06, 2016 - 8:18 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Questions about healthcare reform still remain a month after the election, and Tuesday morning Blue Cross Blue Shield held a forum to address some of the concerns employers have about the future of Obamacare.

Don Ingalls, who handles Federal relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield, said at this point it's still to early to tell exactly when changes will happen.

"Remember, the President was just elected about a month ago, and Congress hasn't taken shape yet," Ingalls said. "I expect that in January there will be proposals in Congress right away to try and repeal, but there will be a delay on that repeal. The repeal wouldn't take effect until maybe 2018 or 2019, or some future time."

What replaces Obamacare is also still a question.

"We have some indications from President-Elect Trump's website where he talked about health insurance that could cross state lines," Ingalls said. "They would keep the ability of kids to stay on their parent's policies until age 26. They would keep the no exclusions for people with pre-existing conditions. There are some elements that are out there, but until we see the detailed package that's going to take some time to come in to focus."
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