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Healthcare Hearings Set for This Week

The first two in a series of bipartisan hearings on how to repair and stabilize the individual health insurance market will take place this week. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has scheduled “Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018” on Sept. 6 and 7...
September 6, 2017

The first two in a series of bipartisan hearings on how to repair and stabilize the individual health insurance market will take place this week. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has scheduled “Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018” on Sept. 6 and 7.

On the first day, five state insurance commissioners will testify: Julie Mix McPeak of Tennessee, Mike Kreidler of Washington State, Teresa Miller of Pennsylvania, Lori Wing-Heier of Alaska, and John Doak of Oklahoma. A panel of governors will offer testimony on the second day. A bipartisan group of governors, led by Govs. John Kasich of Ohio (R) and John Hickenlooper of Colorado (D), released a proposal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets. The compromise plan aims to help lawmakers find common ground to help stabilize the insurance markets. Also signing onto the plan were the governors of Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The hearings, and prospective action, are coming up on a hard deadline from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Insurers have to sign federal contracts on Sept. 27 so that is the day plans and prices will be locked in for open enrollment which starts Nov. 1.

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