Washington (May 13, 2020) – Margaret A. Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) and Ceci Connolly, President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), made the following statements on a joint amicus curiae brief filed by the two associations in the matter of California vs. Texas, the case seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety.
The brief notes, in part, that invalidating the ACA “would create chaos, strip health insurance from millions of Americans, and strain governmental health and welfare programs in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis facing the nation.”
Margaret A. Murray, CEO, Association for Community Affiliated Plans:
“Millions of Americans rely on the Affordable Care Act for access to comprehensive health care coverage. Rolling back its protections would be catastrophic for consumers, placing even more pressure on a health care system already fighting a public health emergency. Now more than ever, we need access to quality, affordable coverage. In ten years, the ACA has survived multiple attempts to gut its reforms– we’re confident it will withstand this challenge.”
Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans:
“Now more than ever, access to top-quality coverage and care is vital to the health and wellbeing of individuals and families across the country. Repealing the ACA would leave millions of Americans uninsured in the midst of a public health pandemic and cause total chaos as people try to navigate and secure coverage in this crisis. Individuals and families nationwide shouldn’t have to question their health care benefits when they need them most. ACHP members are committed to minimizing coverage disruptions in their communities and ensuring continued access to health benefits during this unprecedented time.”
The brief, prepared by attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP, is available in its entirety here.
The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) represents the nation’s top-performing non-profit health plans to improve affordability and outcomes in the health care system. ACHP member companies are provider-aligned health organizations that provide high-quality coverage and care to tens of millions of Americans. They are leading the industry in practical, proven reforms around primary care delivery, value-based payment and data-driven systems improvement.
ACHP advocates on behalf of its members and a unique approach to health care today, one that puts the patient at the center with health plans and clinical teams collaborating to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Our advocacy focuses on providing policymakers with tested solutions being realized in communities nationwide and rooted in a model that is proven to deliver better value for patients, employers and taxpayers. Learn more at the ACHP website and follow us on Twitter for the latest health insights.
ACAP represents 76 health plan, which collectively provide health coverage to more than 20 million people. Safety Net Health Plans serve their members through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Marketplace and other publicly-sponsored health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.