Jun 23, 2017

Health insurers want mandate replacement, worry about Medicaid cuts

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The main health insurance trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans, is going public with two big concerns about the Senate health care bill.

  • It wants to make sure there's a "continuous coverage" provision to help private insurers attract healthy customers, since the bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, according to spokeswoman Kristine Grow.
  • And the group has "grave concerns" about the tight Medicaid spending limits, she said. It wants to make sure states get enough funding to keep giving low-income people the coverage and services they need.

Why it matters: Republicans need the health insurance companies to have confidence in their ACA rewrite — and they also need to make sure it will work from a business perspective. AHIP has been cautious, and says it's not supporting or opposing the bill. It just wants improvements.

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