Council for Affordable Health Coverage Applauds Market Stabilization Rule, Urges Further Action to Give Certainty to Consumers

WASHINGTON, DC (April 14, 2017): Today, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) – a coalition of employers, insurers, brokers, agents, patient groups, and physician organizations – responded to the Trump Administration’s final market stabilization rule. CAHC President Joel White released the following statement:

“CAHC applauds the Trump Administration for taking definitive action to stabilize markets and bring clarity to patients, providers, and insurers. This is a positive step as insurers evaluate participation in next year’s markets, but we know that further action is needed to prevent widespread disruption and loss of coverage. We call upon Congress and the Administration to fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, adopt Senator Alexander and Corker’s legislation to bring relief to individuals without options for coverage in the marketplace, and consider other stabilization measures to shore up this law until broader reforms can be enacted,” said CAHC President Joel White. “Policymakers have every reason to continue working to replace the ACA with more workable, patient-centered solutions, but with the new plan year rapidly approaching, it is imperative that Washington address this climate of uncertainty and ensure that Congress’s holding pattern is not anyone’s downfall.”

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About the Council for Affordable Health Coverage

The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) is a broad-based alliance with a primary focus: bringing down the cost of health care for all Americans. CAHC promotes policies that lower health costs through increased competition, informed consumers and more choices to help promote access to affordable coverage.

About CAHC President Joel White

A veteran of health policy, Joel White became President of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage after serving twelve years on Capitol Hill, including as Staff Director of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. His writings on health care policy have been published in Morning Consult, The Hill, Washington Examiner, FierceHealthcare, and Inside Sources, among others, and he testified before the Ways and Means Committee on health reform just last year. Joel holds a BS in Economics from the American University and is the co-author of the book, Facts and Figures on Government Finance.