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FAH Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Keep Individual Mandate

November 14, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Affordable Care Act, Insurance

A broad coalition of health care groups, including FAH, sent a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Tuesday urging Congress to “maintain” the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate.

The House and Senate have discussed including a repeal of the mandate in tax reform legislation. However, a CBO report released last week noted that eliminating the requirement that most American have health insurance would result in 13 million people losing coverage over the next decade.

“As providers of healthcare and coverage to hundreds of millions of Americans, we are committed to assuring everyone has access to a range of high quality, affordable coverage options so they can access the care they need, regardless of pre-existing conditions,” the letter states. “To achieve this critical goal, we are urging you to maintain the individual mandate unless and until Congress can enact a package of reforms to adequately assure a balanced risk pool and prevent extraordinary premium increases.”

In the letter, which was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the groups said they stand ready to work with Congress on a solution that maintains access to affordable coverage and care.

“We join together to urge Congress to maintain the individual mandate. There will be serious consequences if Congress simply repeals the mandate while leaving the insurance reforms in place: millions more will be uninsured or face higher premiums, challenging their ability to access the care they need. Let’s work together on solutions that deliver the access, care, and coverage that the American people deserve.”

The letter was signed by The Federation of American Hospitals, America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

You can find a copy of the letter here.