Statement of ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray on Marketplace Open Enrollment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2019
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STATEMENT OF ACAP CEO MARGARET A. MURRAY ON MARKETPLACE OPEN ENROLLMENT
WASHINGTON—Today, ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray issued the following statement on the beginning of open enrollment season for health insurance plans offered through Marketplaces:
“As Open Enrollment begins today, twenty-one ACAP member and partner plans stand ready to serve current and new members through Open Enrollment.
“However, consumers need to be on the lookout for short-term junk health plans that the Trump administration has allowed to sneak back into the marketplace. These plans refuse to cover pre-existing conditions, impose daily, annual or lifetime limits, discriminate on the basis of health status, and bring back the discredited practice of rescission.
“Discerning between the two can be more difficult than it seems—owing to being loosely regulated, many of these plans trade on the good name of Obamacare and attempt to deceive customers into thinking that they are signing up for a plan that complies with the ACA. Disclaimers are tucked into fine print. It’s easy for people to be fooled by an unscrupulous broker—especially when the premiums on these plans are lower.”
“STLDIs have shown time and time again that they are not functional as full-time health coverage products—and fail repeatedly when consumers come forward to file claims. Consumers need to avoid these plans at all costs, or they may find themselves saddled with a large, unexpected bill should they need medical care.”
ACAP represents 70 not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans, which collectively serve more than 20 million people enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other public health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.
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