March 15, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will join U.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and other U.S. House Democrats in Washington, D.C. for a hearing from 9:30 a.m. to noon Eastern time March 16 on the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Kreidler will join Doug Elmendorf, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on a panel addressing the economic and coverage implications of the Republican’s proposed American Health Care Act.
Kreidler will share his new analysis that illustrates how implementing the Republican plan would drive Washington state’s uninsured rate up to 15 percent or 1.1 million people – more than before the Affordable Care Act took effect. He will also note which communities will be hardest hit.
In addition, he’ll share the story of how Washington’s individual health insurance market collapsed in the 1990s when the state Legislature repealed an individual mandate but kept other reforms, including a limited pre-existing waiting period.
Both options are included in the proposed American Health Care Act.
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