Response to Insurance Companies' Decision to Honor Popular Health Reform Protections

UnitedHealthcare said Monday that it would voluntarily give its customers some of the most popular protections in the Affordable Care Act—like coverage for young adults—no matter what the Supreme Court says when it rules on the law later this month. Within hours, Aetna and Humana said they would do the same, including no co-pays for certain preventive care, stronger appeals, no lifetime limits and no retroactive cancellation of health coverage except in the case of fraud. Basically, the three insurers agreed to keep most of the early provisions of the health care law that went into effect in September 2010—and that have been a part of their customers’ health coverage ever since. They have not, however, offered to keep covering children with pre-existing conditions—the other provision that took effect at that time." (

In response to the insurance companies’ moves, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, issued the following statement:

“We applaud UnitedHealth, Humana and Aetna for their determination to not be held hostage by the political and judicial process and for their leadership in ensuring Americans have access to the health care they need. We encourage others to follow suit.”

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer