Washington (March 22, 2018) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) today releases the following statement, attributable to ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly, in response to the omission of key health care provisions in the omnibus spending package:
“We are disappointed that Congress did not include provisions to stabilize the individual market in the recent spending bill, despite widespread, bipartisan support.
“Cost-sharing reduction subsidies and reinsurance are critical to providing a stable, reliable individual market with affordable premiums for millions of hard-working Americans. Absent some stabilization measures, we fear that consumers who buy insurance on their own – particularly the self-employed – will face higher premiums.
“ACHP and its members remain committed to providing the highest-quality coverage and care. We hope the Senate will consider adding reinsurance to the legislation to help keep premiums affordable and the market stable.”
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 19 million Americans across 30 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.