That was Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's no-mincing-words statement in the weeks leading up to his re-election last fall.
Yesterday, the Governor signed into law SB1109, erasing the pre-election certainty. Now, short term health insurance policies will be offered to some Arizonans which contain this warning:
THIS COVERAGE IS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH CERTAIN FEDERALMARKET REQUIREMENTS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, PRINCIPALLY THOSECONTAINED IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BE SURE TO CHECK YOURPOLICY CAREFULLY TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE AWARE OF ANY EXCLUSIONSOR LIMITATIONS REGARDING COVERAGE OF PREEXISTING CONDITIONS ORHEALTH BENEFITS (SUCH AS HOSPITALIZATION, EMERGENCY SERVICES,MATERNITY CARE, PREVENTIVE CARE, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND MENTALHEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER SERVICES). YOUR POLICYMIGHT ALSO HAVE LIFETIME OR ANNUAL DOLLAR LIMITS ON HEALTHBENEFITS, OR BOTH. IF THIS COVERAGE EXPIRES OR YOU LOSEELIGIBILITY FOR THIS COVERAGE, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL ANOPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD TO GET OTHER HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE.
That measure passed the Senate, 18-12 and passed the House last week, 31-28.
Steve Farley, who ran unsuccessfully for Governor last year, stated today that it is "unbelievable" that this measure (below) became law. "This is not acceptable, and is a direct result of Trump's unilateral action hurting our healthcare. These plans are simply junk insurance that takes advantage of those who need coverage the most."
The Governor's office has not made any statements relating to signing the bill on either its website or social media. Arizona's Politics has asked for a response and will update this article as necessary.
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