Health Insurance Policies Cancelled for Thousands More Coloradans

June 23, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall

Sen. Mark Udall

DENVER — Another 2,320 Coloradans have had their health insurance policies cancelled in the aftermath of Obamacare, bringing the total to nearly 340,000, according to figures from the state Division of Insurance.

The Colorado Senate Republicans released updates Monday showing another 2,320 individuals had their health-care coverage dropped from two insurance providers, MEGA Life and Health and Mid-West National, as of June 5.

Republicans were quick to blast Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for the cancellations, noting that he voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act and has said he would do so again.

“Today’s announcement is yet another reminder that Sen. Udall lied to Coloradans when he promised them if they liked their healthcare plan, they could keep it under Obamacare,” said Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in a statement.

Gardner is challenging Udall’s reelection bid, and polls show the two candidates locked in a statistical dead heat.

“Sen. Udall’s vote for Obamacare has hurt Colorado families and resulted in more than 335,000 Coloradans receiving insurance cancelation notices,” said Gardner. “Not only is Senator Udall responsible for these cancelations, but he also shamefully tried to cover them up when the first batch of cancelations was originally announced. Colorado deserves better.”

Udall did not release an immediate public response Monday. The senator was embroiled in an Obamacare-related controversy over his staffers’ pressuring of state insurance regulators to adjust their cancellation figures.

Udall’s staff has argued that the cancellations should be adjusted to reflect those who were offered new health-insurance policies reflecting the expanded coverage required under Obamacare. More than 90 percent of Coloradans have been offered replacement policies, according to Udall’s office.

Republicans counter that those policies aren’t the same: They’re almost inevitably more expensive, they don’t guarantee that policyholders may see the same doctors, and they come with higher deductibles.

The Colorado Senate Republicans have asked the insurance division for regular updates of cancellations, as well as a county-by-county breakdown of the cancellations.

The latest figures mean that 339,561 Colorado residents have seen their insurance policies cancelled since last year’s Obamacare rollout.

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