FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Christian Hertenstein, (202) 683-3194
Statement of ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray on Ongoing Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON —Margaret A. Murray, CEO of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), made the following statement on the debate underway in the Senate to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act:
“If the Senate ultimately passes legislation this evening, we urge it to retain what appears to be its current position on Medicaid—no erosion of the Medicaid expansion and no establishment of per capita allotment financing structure—as it looks to action from the House.
“However, we remain concerned about the proposed skinny plan and the impact it would have on the Marketplaces. Simply repealing the individual mandate without an equivalent mechanism to encourage participation may well be the trigger that incites a death spiral in the Marketplaces. And it would place ACAP’s member plans in the untenable position of having to choose whether and for how long they can remain in an unstable marketplace, jeopardizing the coverage of millions of Americans receiving coverage from safety net plans.
“ACAP urges the Senate to reject the so-called “skinny plan” and instead work with stakeholders in a bipartisan manner to fix the Affordable Care Act. We stand ready to work with both the House and the Senate, as we have stood ready for many months, to identify, pass, and implement fixes to the Affordable Care Act and underlying health care system.”
ACAP represents 60 Safety Net Health Plans, which provide health coverage to more than twenty million people in 29 states. Safety Net Health Plans serve their members through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Marketplace and other health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.
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