Moving Health Care Forward in 2017
- We understand that many of our customers have questions about how the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives will impact their health insurance coverage.
- We must now wait to see if the Senate approves the bill or if the two bodies must work through conference committee on a final piece of legislation to put before the president.
- As we learn more information in the coming weeks and months, we will help our members understand any changes to the law and what those changes mean to them.
- Coverage remains in effect for all of our members.
- Our top priority is to ensure that there is a smooth transition from one law to another, with minimal disruption to our members. We want to assure that our members have a choice of health plans and access to a broad network of providers.
- We are committed to ensuring that everyone, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, can access coverage that is affordable for them. Tax credits must take into account a consumer's age, income and geographic location to make sure people can afford coverage and care; and there must be strong incentives so people stay continuously covered.
- We are working with our elected federal officials, as well as our state lawmakers and regulators, to ensure that Kansans have access to high-quality health care at a price they can afford.
- The proposed American Health Care Act takes steps toward stabilizing the individual market in 2018 and 2019. It also is critical during this transition period to avoid disrupting the current marketplace; we must assure that those with low and moderate incomes get the care they need.
- Since final passage of the AHCA or any broader measure will take some time, it is important that lawmakers provide funding for cost-sharing reductions in 2018. This will assure that low and moderate-income consumers can continue to access coverage and insurers can make good decisions on 2018 benefit plan offerings and rates.
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