Statement of ACAP on Abdication of Defense of Health Insurance Consumer Protections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2018
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STATEMENT OF ACAP CEO MARGARET A. MURRAY ON ABDICATION OF DEFENSE OF HEALTH INSURANCE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
WASHINGTON—Margaret A. Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), today made the following statement on a Trump Administration brief which advocated for a judge to strike down key consumer protections offered by the Affordable Care Act, most notably the prohibition on discriminating against people who had pre-existing conditions:
“This is a clear and conscious decision by this administration to sweep away key consumer protections for people who buy coverage through the individual market. Anyone who uses the Marketplace for coverage and has had so much as a case of asthma in their past should be deeply unsettled by the choices this administration has made.
“The legal question at play here around the severability of provisions of the ACA is a technical one for the courts to decide, and that will take some time.
“This administration has a responsibility to uphold provisions of the law that protect people who have a pre-existing condition from discrimination. This action consciously abdicates that responsibility.”
ACAP represents 61 Safety Net Health Plans, which provide health coverage to more than 21 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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