The Obama administration reaffirmed key requirements of the new healthcare law Tuesday, setting out how insurance companies will cover nearly all Americans, even if they are already ill, and provide plans with minimum benefits.

Consumer advocates, insurers and business groups were looking for signs the administration might try to modify some of the law’s requirements as the federal government races to implement the legislation by the end of next year.

But the proposed rules issued Tuesday hew closely to theAffordable Care Act that President Obama signed in 2010. At the same time, administration officials restated their commitment to move rapidly ahead, despite continued resistance from some Republican governors.

Under the law, Americans who are not covered through work will be able to comparison shop for health insurance in online markets, also known as exchanges, designed to mimic the shopping experience of popular travel sites.

Continue reading →