A new report indicates the overwhelming majority of states have enacted portions of the Affordable Health Care Act, ultimately resulting in more insurance customers for insurance agents.
According to the Commonwealth Fund, 49 states and the District of Columbia have implemented some aspect of the mandate, be it in the form of passing particular provisions of the law, issuing specific health insurance regulations or reviewing insurer filings.
The report, "Implementing the Affordable Care Act: State Action on Early Market Reforms," is believed to be the only study that's charted the actions of state regulators as it relates to the enactment of the ACA.
Among the findings, the report noted that 23 states have put into effect at least one component of the healthcare reform law, and 26 states have actively promoted particular insurance compliance reforms, such as sending bulletins to insurance providers.
"In just a year and a half since these early reforms took effect, nearly all states have moved ahead on the new coverage options and consumer protections now available to their residents under the Affordable Care Act," said Sara Collins, The Commonwealth Fund's vice president for affordable health insurance. "With these actions, states across the country are taking steps to make sure that insurance carriers subject to the reform law provide American families with the new benefits guaranteed under the law."