|By Emily Roach, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Under the law's provisions, nearly all U.S. residents must get a health insurance policy or pay what the
About 3 million people in
The company expects a million new customers in
Urbanek said the company will work with the state and federal governments to ease costs associated with the new law. For instance, younger people will see higher premiums, because the insurance companies can no longer charge older people sometimes triple the amount due to higher health care costs.
"There are elements of the Affordable Care Act that will absolutely increase costs," Urbanek said.
The health insurance companies and the state of Florida have a lot of work to do to get things in place for the start next year of mandated coverage, he said. Companies already added benefits such as keeping children on an adult's policy through age 26, a provision most people embraced and most companies had committed to keeping even if the law failed.
However, Florida has delayed putting exchanges in place for people without employer coverage to buy insurance and has delayed outreach to people who will be eligible for
The company supports the law's provisions providing financial assistance to those who need it and stopping insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
"However, the health care reform law falls short in controlling the underlying cause of our nation's health care crisis: costs that are too high and rising too fast,"
Aetna also said more needs to be done to fix health care.
"We believe there is still time -- if people can come together in a bipartisan way -- to improve quality and affordability," Aetna stated in a news release today. "That security is what Americans want and need."
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