FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — We are alarmed by news of administration decisions that could create turmoil across insurance markets and threaten health care coverage for millions of working Americans, especially people who face financial hardships.
Ending the government’s cost-sharing subsidies to insurers in the Affordable Care Act marketplace won’t fix the law’s shortcomings or move us closer to a workable alternative. It only will destabilize the insurance market and drive costs higher for patients who can least afford increases. This decision could leave many individuals and families with no options at all for affordable coverage.
We call on Congress to immediately shore up the ACA marketplace and to work in bipartisan fashion, with hospitals and other stakeholders, toward long-term and sustainable ways to give all people access to affordable, comprehensive care.
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America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our 325 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care.