07 Mar BPC Action Calls on Congress to Advance Health Insurance Market Stabilization Provisions in March Omnibus in Health
BPC Action calls upon congressional leaders to pass provisions to bring near-term stability to the individual health insurance market as part of the March omnibus spending bill. Health leaders at the Bipartisan Policy Center recently published several consensus policy options designed to address market stability and affordability, and provide time for Congress to come together on broad, sustainable reforms to our nation’s most pressing health care challenges.
We commend members of Congress who are working tirelessly to improve health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, including Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Nelson (D-FL); and Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA).
The time for Congress to act is now. This spring and summer, health insurers and states will make decisions around market participation and premiums for 2019. Action later this year would not impact 2019 plans, and as a result, Americans could face higher costs and fewer options when the next open enrollment period begins on November 1, 2018.