Thursday, June 28, 2012

US Supreme Court Decision Will Impact Ohio Consumers

Columbus, OH (June 28, 2012) – The Ohio Association of Health Underwriters (OAHU), an association of licensed health care benefit professionals who serve Ohioans health insurance needs, explains how the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act will impact Ohio consumers.

Denny Recker is the Legislative Committee Chair for OAHU with 28 years of health insurance experience as a licensed professional agent in Ohio.

“As the Supreme Court has spoken, implementation deadlines for Health Benefits Exchanges will be rapidly approaching and Ohio and many other states will now have to take a hard look at whether they want to implement a state Exchange or cede that responsibility to the Federal government. The implementation of Exchanges will mean that more people than ever before will be making an individual decision to choose their health insurance, which is why the role of the professional agent will be more important now than ever before.

“To insure Ohioans who purchase their health insurance through a Health Benefits Exchange receive the best advice possible, our organization supports more training and certification requirements for licensed health insurance professionals.

“We look forward to working with the Kasich Administration, the Ohio Legislature and stakeholder groups to develop health insurance options for all Ohioans whether it is through Ohio’s Medicaid system, government-subsidized Exchanges or Ohio’s private health insurance market.

“As the licensed professionals in Ohio to advise consumers on their health care options, OAHU members stand ready to assist Ohioans whatever the Supreme Court may decide.”