Georgia: PPACA could change 400,000 policies

Atlanta (AP photo/Ric Feld) Atlanta (AP photo/Ric Feld)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) could lead to coverage changes in 2014 for as many as 400,000 Georgia residents who own individual health insurance policies, state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Wednesday.

Hudgens spokesman Glenn Allen said the figures were based on internal estimates.

Insurance regulators aren't sure how many policies will be canceled outright, and how many will be protected from significant changes because they are "grandfathered in."

Insurers could keep other policies in force but change the policy terms or premiums, officials said.

Hudgens has been a strong critic of PPACA.

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