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FAH Responds to the Public Option RFI

Recently, FAH submitted comments in response to the House Energy and Commerce & Senate HELP Committees’ Request for Information (RFI) on creating a public option to expand health insurance coverage. In our response letter, FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn emphasized that the “FAH’s commitment to universal coverage is long-standing and unwavering.” 

The letter touts the FAH’s early support for the Affordable Care Act, and how instrumental the law has been in allowing 31 million Americans to gain coverage through its provisions. The letter continues “Introducing an untested Medicare-like public option, however, threatens to unwind much of what we have achieved through the ACA, without materially expanding coverage beyond what a strengthened ACA, as originally envisioned by Congress, would attain.”  

Enclosed in the FAH response is a letter from the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, which highlights key research that demonstrates how a public option would threaten other existing coverage options. 

To read the full letter, click here.