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Over the weekend, draft regulation was leaked concerning the grandfathering of employer sponsored healthcare plans in existence prior the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPA) was signed into law in March and maintained a provision which exempted healthcare plans already in existence from meeting many of the new requirements of the law. However, following the leak, today regulations issued jointly with the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services suggested that the exempted healthcare plans could lose their statuses if they made changes in deductibles, copayments or benefits. This could mean that the more than half of healthcare plans that were grandfathered could potentially lose their status.

An Obama spokesperson stated that the goal of the administration would be to ensure that the proposed changes would not affect most plans.

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