Even as the Biden administration is revisiting the health policies of the Trump era, leading insurer organizations have called for the repeal of some of the Medicaid and Affordable Care Act provisions. One of the major areas covered by the Biden administration in the executive orders signed soon after taking over the office was healthcare. Many of the policies enacted by the previous administration have been put on hold by the new President.
- While America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) particularly wants the removal of the rebate rule, the Association for Community Health Plans (ACAP) has shortlisted a few policies that it wants the administration to reverse.
- Margaret Murray, chief executive officer of ACAP, said, “We commend President Biden for creating a special enrollment period for the federal Marketplaces. The pandemic led to financial difficulties and changes in health coverage for millions, which did not stop at the end of open enrollment. Consumers deserve time to thoughtfully consider and select the plan that best meets their needs—we thank President Biden for taking a long-overdue action.”
- ACAP seeks removal of short-term limited-duration health plans, also known as junk plans. “In two years, junk insurance plans have created havoc for consumers, promising access to affordable, comprehensive coverage only to leave them holding a stack of unpaid bills when they need to access said coverage,” Murray asserted.
- ACAP has also argued against Medicaid work requirements. “ACAP has long maintained that Medicaid helps people who work stay on the job – a job shouldn’t be a requirement for Medicaid,” Murray reiterated.
- ACAP wants the administration to reconsider the Healthy Adult Opportunity waiver. “ACAP supports Medicaid modernization, so long as it follows certain key principles—that it covers all Medicaid enrollees equitably and provides state budget writers with certainty,” Murray explained.