State insurance commissioners urge Senate and House to oppose Graham-Cassidy Bill
News: 2017 Press Release
"The Cassidy-Graham bill would increase the number of people without health coverage and severely disrupt states' individual insurance markets, with sharp premium increases and insurer exits likely to occur in the short term and over time. The bill would immediately (in fact, retroactively) eliminate the individual mandate, which serves as a key incentive for healthier people to enroll in coverage, and would put no alternative incentives in place. In 2020, the Cassidy-Graham bill would eliminate both federal subsidies that help people afford private plans in the individual market and funding for expanded Medicaid, replacing them with a reduced block grant that would fail to keep up with growing costs and needs. All 50 states and the District of Columbia would have to set up their own coverage programs and make significant changes to insurance market rules by January 1, 2020 – an unreasonable timeline that hampers states' review of premium rates and insurers' efforts to price and plan for the future."
Read full letter here.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $394 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.