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Certain Health Care Reform Provisions Should Be Kept: Romney

By Jerry Geisel

Sep. 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that while he would seek to repeal the health care reform law if he were elected, he could keep at least two politically popular provisions.

“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” Romney said during NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sept. 9.

Specifically, Romney said he would continue the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision that bans health care plans from denying coverage of pre-existing medical conditions.

In addition, Romney said he supports continuing and perhaps even expanding a provision that requires health care plans to provide coverage of employees’ adult children up to age 26.

Romney said he would want “to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might be.”

More than 3 million young adults have gained health insurance due to the age 26 coverage provision, the Department of Health and Human Services reported in June.

Jerry Geisel writes for Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, email editors@workforce.com.

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Jerry Geisel writes for Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management.

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