Reaction to Anthem withdrawal


Staff Reports



BROWN RESPONDS TO ANTHEM LEAVING OHIO: STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE

Anthem Cited Uncertainty Caused by GOP Repeal Efforts, President’s Threats to Stop Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is calling on Washington to end uncertainty in the healthcare market, which led to insurance company Anthem pulling out of the state’s individual health insurance market for 2018. In a statement, Anthem cited uncertainty caused by plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and President Trump’s repeated threats to stop Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) Payments that reduce out-of-pocket costs for Ohioans buying insurance in the individual market as the reasons for their decision to exit the exchanges in Ohio.

“The dangerous game President Trump and Washington politicians are playing just caused 70,000 paying customers in Ohio to lose their insurance and it will continue raising prices for everyone else. It’s got to stop,” Brown said. “We are talking about people’s lives – their ability to get cancer treatment, afford life-saving medicines and take their kids to the doctor. Instead of using working families as bargaining chips and driving up prices across the market, we need to work together to lower costs and make healthcare work better for everyone.”

· According to reports, 18-20 Ohio counties could be left with no insurer at all in 2018, leaving Ohioans in those counties with no ability to purchase insurance.

· 66,000 Ohio customers will lose their current insurance plan - 44,000 on exchange, and 22,000 off exchange.

In a statement to the Dayton Daily news, Anthem said, “… the lack of certainty of funding for cost sharing reduction subsidies, the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage and, an increasing lack of overall predictability simply does not provide a sustainable path forward to provide affordable plan choices for consumers.”

A May report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warned that uncertainty over the cost sharing reduction subsidies Anthem cites would destabilize the market:

By refusing to include a measure guaranteeing the continued payment of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) in the new fiscal year 2017 spending bill, the Administration and congressional Republican leaders have endangered health coverage for millions of Americans. They will bear responsibility for the premium increases, marketplace disruption, and coverage losses that will likely result.

Tiberi Statement on Anthem Leaving Ohio’s Obamacare Exchanges

Congressman Pat Tiberi released the following statement after Anthem announced its plan to pull out of Ohio’s Obamacare exchanges: “This is just more evidence that conditions under Obamacare are just going to get worse. It is collapsing under its own weight. For years, Ohioans have faced higher premiums and fewer choices because of this fundamentally broken law. Now 20 counties in Ohio, including Muskingum County in my district, will have zero options on the exchange. The House started the process in the American Health Care Act to repeal Obamacare and replace it with needed solutions to restore the free market, lower costs and increase choices. It is now the Senate’s turn to deliver on our promise to move health care reform forward so that Ohioans and all Americans have reliable access to the care they need.”

Ohio Senate President Issues Statement on Anthem’s Withdrawal from Ohio’s Insurance Exchange

COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) issued the following statement regarding Anthem’s decision to leave Ohio’s health insurance exchange:

“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Obamacare continues to hurt people across Ohio. The mandates in the misnamed ‘Affordable Care Act’ have driven up premiums in Ohio by more than 90 percent and are pushing providers out of the marketplace.

“According to the Ohio Department of Insurance, the number of providers on the exchanges has fallen from 17 to 10, and the total number of providers selling insurance products across the state has dropped from around 60 to less than 40 today. At least 18 counties are left today with no providers selling on their local exchanges.

“Obamacare’s rules and over-regulation are placing a heavy burden on the people of our state. That is why I sponsored a provision in state law requiring the Ohio Department of Insurance to request a waiver of these onerous federal rules. It is my hope that the Trump Administration grants that waiver once it is filed.

“More fundamentally, it is long past time to repeal the ACA and replace it with policies that respect individual liberty and achieve both quality and affordability through free market competition.”

Consumers with questions should contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526.

Senator Obhof represents the 22nd Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Medina, Ashland and Richland counties as well as portions of Holmes county. He currently serves as President of the Ohio Senate. Learn more at www.ohiosenate.gov/obhof. For a high resolution photo of Senator Obhof, click here.

Tiberi Statement on May Jobs Report

U. S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement regarding the employment report for May 2017 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

“The unemployment rate hasn’t been this low since May 2001 and wages are rising. However, the slowing pace of job creation is a reminder that there is much work to do to achieve more rapid economic growth. We’ll continue working in Congress to encourage job creators to expand and hire by reducing the number of burdensome regulations that tie the hands of employers and updating the tax code. Americans deserve economic policies that expand opportunity for themselves and their families.”

Note: The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the U.S. economy added 138,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in May and the unemployment rate is 4.3 percent. The labor force participation rate is 62.7 percent and the employment-to-population ratio is 60.0 percent.

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Staff Reports

BROWN RESPONDS TO ANTHEM LEAVING OHIO: STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE

Anthem Cited Uncertainty Caused by GOP Repeal Efforts, President’s Threats to Stop Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is calling on Washington to end uncertainty in the healthcare market, which led to insurance company Anthem pulling out of the state’s individual health insurance market for 2018. In a statement, Anthem cited uncertainty caused by plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and President Trump’s repeated threats to stop Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) Payments that reduce out-of-pocket costs for Ohioans buying insurance in the individual market as the reasons for their decision to exit the exchanges in Ohio.

“The dangerous game President Trump and Washington politicians are playing just caused 70,000 paying customers in Ohio to lose their insurance and it will continue raising prices for everyone else. It’s got to stop,” Brown said. “We are talking about people’s lives – their ability to get cancer treatment, afford life-saving medicines and take their kids to the doctor. Instead of using working families as bargaining chips and driving up prices across the market, we need to work together to lower costs and make healthcare work better for everyone.”

· According to reports, 18-20 Ohio counties could be left with no insurer at all in 2018, leaving Ohioans in those counties with no ability to purchase insurance.

· 66,000 Ohio customers will lose their current insurance plan – 44,000 on exchange, and 22,000 off exchange.

In a statement to the Dayton Daily news, Anthem said, “… the lack of certainty of funding for cost sharing reduction subsidies, the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage and, an increasing lack of overall predictability simply does not provide a sustainable path forward to provide affordable plan choices for consumers.”

A May report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warned that uncertainty over the cost sharing reduction subsidies Anthem cites would destabilize the market:

By refusing to include a measure guaranteeing the continued payment of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) in the new fiscal year 2017 spending bill, the Administration and congressional Republican leaders have endangered health coverage for millions of Americans. They will bear responsibility for the premium increases, marketplace disruption, and coverage losses that will likely result.