CHA urges Congress to restore health insurance subsidies

November 1, 2017

By SR. CAROL KEEHAN, DC, CHA president and chief executive officer

Sr. Carol

CHA is pleased to hear that after months of hard work, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R.-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., have made significant progress on a bipartisan solution to stabilize the health insurance market. We look forward to reviewing the details of their proposal and promise to assist in any way possible to get to a final solution.

Their bipartisan proposal includes provisions that would continue for two years critical subsidies that insurers use to offset the costs of lowering deductibles, copays and other out-of-pocket expenses for low-income people who purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It would give the country time to work on the improvements necessary while protecting millions of Americans, many of whom have finally gotten insurance for the first time.

We encourage members of the House and Senate in both parties to work diligently on behalf of the American people to achieve a bipartisan solution that provides the market stabilization so essential to a functional health care delivery system.

Failure to reach an appropriate solution quickly would be harmful to all Americans, but most especially to the millions who have finally been able to get health insurance and address their health concerns. CHA pledges to offer its support and assistance in this process.



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