Statement of ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray on Supreme Court Decision in Maine Community Health Options vs. U.S.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2020
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STATEMENT OF ACAP CEO MARGARET A. MURRAY ON SUPREME COURT DECISION IN MAINE COMMUNITY HEALTH OPTIONS vs. U.S.
WASHINGTON—Margaret A. Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in four cases concerning risk corridors collectively known as Maine Community Health Options v. United States.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today upholds the integrity of the full faith and credit clause. It emphasizes the argument we have made all along—the government can’t renege on an unambiguous commitment in Federal law.
“ACAP-member plans entered the Marketplace with the clear understanding that risk corridor payments would take place as set forth in Federal law. The government reneged, but our plans didn’t. They provided quality, affordable care to millions of Americans only to have the government leave them unpaid bills totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
“It’s absurd to ask health plans – or anyone else doing business with the United States government – to price in the notion that Congress might arbitrarily walk away from commitments it makes in Federal law. We’re relieved the Supreme Court agrees.”
ACAP represents 75 Safety Net Health Plans, which provide health coverage to more than 20 million people. 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 communityplans.net.
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