Press Release

RELEASE — ACHP Statement on the 2018 Appropriations Act

Washington (March 23, 2018) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) today released the following statement, attributable to ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly, in response to President Trump’s signing of the 2018 Appropriations Act:

Seventy percent of Americans — and a bipartisan group in Congress — support a sensible reinsurance program to cover high-cost cases. Reinsurance would lower premiums by 10 percent in 2019 and up to 20 percent in 2021, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

“ACHP and its member health plans are disappointed for the millions of Americans who struggle to afford high-quality health care coverage. Without provisions to stabilize the individual market, hardworking Americans who purchase coverage on their own will face rising premiums.

“ACHP’s nonprofit community-based health plans remain committed to providing the highest-quality coverage and care to their communities, including the individual market. Our dedication is to keeping our communities healthy, not to the bottom line. This is not about stock prices, this is about the pocket books of working families.

“We will continue to advocate on behalf of ACHP’s 19 million members and work with the Administration and lawmakers as premiums are set for 2019 and look forward to working with Congress on bipartisan solutions to help those who live in the communities we serve.”

 About ACHP

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 and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.