Washington, D.C. – America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) President and CEO Karen Ignagni today released the following statement on the election:
“We congratulate President Barack Obama and members of Congress in both parties for winning their elections. Health plans are committed to working with policymakers to make coverage more affordable, promote choice and competition, and maintain a strong safety net for our nation’s most vulnerable populations.
“As the health care reform law is implemented, policymakers must prioritize affordability for consumers and employers. Several provisions in the law, such as the new premium tax, minimum coverage requirements, and age rating restrictions, need to be addressed to keep coverage as affordable as possible and ensure broad participation in the system.
“The nation must also address the soaring cost of medical care that is driving up the cost of coverage, taking up a greater share of federal and state budgets, and threatening the long-term solvency of our nation’s public safety net programs. Health plans will continue to do their part by partnering with providers to reward quality care, promoting prevention and wellness, and helping patients and physicians manage chronic disease.”