Today’s edition comes courtesy of NRO’s Deroy Murdock, who just opened an letter from his insurer with “IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING YOUR POLICY” printed in large, friendly letters on the envelope. Here’s what he found inside:
“We are writing to let you know that your health insurance coverage through Easy Choice Health Plan of New York (‘Easy Choice’) will be terminated no later than December 31, 2014,” it stated. Moreover, “Easy Choice will no longer be offering your policy or participating in New York’s commercial health insurance market.”
So, no more health insurance for me, and no more Empire State for my health insurer. To underscore that point, the July 1 letter added: “Easy Choice will no longer be issuing any commercial health insurance policies in the association group, employer, or individual markets in New York State.” Among the reasons that its clients are losing coverage, Easy Choice cited “changes in federal law set forth in the federal Affordable Care Act” — a.k.a Obamacare.
While my insurance agent secured me a grandfathered-in pre-Obamacare plan after my coverage was canceled last year, “grandpa” will expire by year’s end. What happens now is anyone’s guess.
If there’s a happy note to be found in Deroy’s sad song, it’s that he certainly makes too much money to quality for subsidies, so he can buy straight from his broker instead of having to rely on one of the notoriously unreliable exchanges.
I mean, there is still somebody offering insurance in New York, right?