Washington (August 1, 2018) – Today in response to the final rule expanding short-term, limited duration insurance plans for up to three years, the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) released the following statement, attributable to ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly:
“We are disappointed by the Administration’s decision to expand short-term health plans far beyond the bridge they were intended to be. As healthier individuals purchase short-term plans, it will weaken the risk pool and drive up health care costs for those in the market who need coverage the most. Short-term plans can lack coverage of entire categories of benefits and were not designed as a long-term replacement for health insurance.
“ACHP believes that other policy options, such as reinsurance, would be far more effective at promoting high-quality, affordable coverage and care for all Americans.”
The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 21 million Americans across 32 states and the District of Columbia. These organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reform, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, go to www.achp.org and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.