Legislation that would allow insurers to continue selling small-group plans that don't comply with the coverage requirements of the federal healthcare law through 2018 cleared the House with bipartisan support on Wednesday. But there is practically no chance the proposal will be taken up this year by the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The legislation mimics the policy previously announced by the Obama administration that allows individuals who want to keep their noncompliant plans to do so through 2016. That change was made in response to an outcry over a wave of plan cancellations last year.
The legislation, the Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013, was sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is seeking to oust Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. The race is among a handful expected to determine which party controls the Senate in 2015. Conservative group have run ads attacking Landrieu on the issue of plan cancellations.