Affordable Care Act
The American Health Care Act (www.congress.gov) passed the House on May 4. It now includes an amendment that gives states a waiver to both abolish the essential health benefits and let insurers charge sicker people more, if the state creates a high-risk pool.
In additon, there are still other actions underway to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
- All possible actions are listed on ACA watch list (PDF, 526B)
- Detailed chart (PDF, 284KB) showing parts of ACA codified in Washington state law vs. federal law
See a state-specific analysis (PDF, 1MB) of the devastating impact the American Health Care Act would've had on Washington consumers and their families.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners, of which the OIC is a member, sent letters on April 19 to the U.S. House (PDF, 720MB) and Senate (PDF, 720MB) urging them to continue funding for subsidy payments in the upcoming budget resolution for fiscal year 2017.
Kreidler's guiding principles for any ACA replacement
Any proposed change to the ACA must be measured against the progress we've made and cannot move us backwards, including:
- No fewer people covered.
- No reduction in benefits.
- No cost-shifting to states.
- No destabilization of the health insurance market.
Letters to Congress
Commissioner Kreidler has shared his concerns with the Trump administration and Washington's congressional delegation.
- Letter from Commissioner Kreidler, AWHP to HHS Sec. Tom Price (PDF, 3MB)
- Letter from Commissioner Kreidler to Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse, March 23 (PDF, 2MB)
- Joint letter from Gov. Inslee and Commissioner Kreidler to Washington Congressional delegation about AHCA's impact (PDF, 2 MB)
- Joint letter from Gov. Inslee and Commissioner Kreidler to U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on ACA (PDF, 119KB)
- Commissioner Kreidler letter to U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the ACA (PDF, 340KB)
- Joint ACA letter from Commissioner Kreidler and the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans (AWHP) to Washington's Congressional delegation (PDF, 60KB)
- Commissioner Kreidler letter to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on the ACA (PDF, 73KB)
County and statewide data
- 2014-2016 Individual market enrollment outside of the state's exchange (PDF, 149KB)
- County, and legislative and congressional district data on enrollment, subsidies and more (PDF, 2MB) (www.ofm.wa.gov).
- Additional details on who has gained coverage (www.1in4wa.com) through our state's exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org).