Welch, House Colleagues Unveil Plan to Improve Affordable Care Act
Washington, D.C.– At a Capitol Hill press conference this morning, Rep. Peter Welch and nine House colleagues unveiled a five-part plan to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plan, Solutions Over Politics, would stabilize the individual insurance marketplace where insurance premiums have skyrocketed and some insurers have ceased participation. Seven percent of Americans purchase health plans in the individual market.
The initiative would protect those with pre-existing conditions, stabilize premiums, and promote enrollment in health plans. In addition, it specifies improvements to the ACA, including aligning the open enrollment period with tax season and drawing bidding areas to ensure that rural areas aren’t disadvantaged.
“Rather than repealing or replacing a landmark law that has expanded quality health care to millions of Americans, the focus of Congress should be on improving the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Welch. “We can build bipartisan consensus by taking steps to stabilize the individual market, where premiums have skyrocketed. These commonsense reforms will help make health care more affordable and accessible to all Americans.”
The plan is authored by Welch, Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Rep. Terry Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY).
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