Statement of ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray on Marketplace Open Enrollment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2023
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STATEMENT OF ACAP CEO MARGARET A. MURRAY ON MARKETPLACE OPEN ENROLLMENT
WASHINGTON—Margaret A. Murray, CEO of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), issued the following statement on the advent of open enrollment for coverage offered through Health Insurance Marketplaces:
“When Health Insurance Marketplaces open their doors for Open Enrollment this year, twenty-seven ACAP plans will be ready to serve them.
“But at the same time, short-term limited-duration plans will continue to masquerade as comprehensive coverage while engaging in practices such as denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, daily, annual or lifetime limits, and discrimination on the basis of health status.
“ACAP proudly led the charge to stop junk insurance by suing the previous administration to stop the practice of allowing short-term plans to be sold for up to three consecutive periods of 364 days.
“The Biden Administration has proposed a rule that would eliminate this practice, but it will not be finalized before open enrollment begins. We look forward to the finalization of that rule – but as it stands today, consumers need to tread carefully and take a close look at the fine print to make sure there are no unwelcome surprises.
“The best way to avoid junk insurance and to find comprehensive, affordable coverage is to visit healthcare.gov or your state’s Marketplace. Our plans look forward to offering consumers the genuine article.”
ACAP represents 80 health plans, which collectively provide health coverage to more than 25 million people. Safety Net Health Plans serve their members through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Marketplace and other publicly sponsored health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.
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