Politico Pro details new “Choice & Competition Coalition”

A Politico Pro article (subscription required) today highlights the formation of the new “Choice & Competition Coalition”, coming together to “influence the implementation of state health exchanges” in the Affordable Care Act.

Highlights of the article below:

  • “Business groups, providers, brokers and insurers have quietly launch the Choice & Competition Coalition, a new group looking for exchanges that ‘promote competition and preserve consumer choice.’ The members include key health players like America’s Health Insurance Plans, the Chamber of Commerce, PhRMA and the National Association of Health Underwriters.”

  • “The group is likely to advocate for exchanges that allow maximum participation, unlike the selective contracting model employed by California.”

  • “Watch for the coalition to become more visible lobbying force on April 11, when it launches a new website at choiceandcompetitioncoalition.org(.)

  • ‘“Our mission is to educate key policymakers on the importance of assuring consumers’ rights to access and choice when purchasing health care coverage by providing guidance on federal regulations and support to state affiliate coalition partners,” the groups write on their new website.’

  • ‘”Many stakeholders agree that exchanges must be true marketplaces that maximize choice and competition so that consumers and small businesses can purchase the plan that best meets their needs,” said AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach.’

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