A broad coalition of health and employer groups called for universal health coverage by expanding financial assistance to consumers, strengthening enrollment and outreach efforts and taking further steps to protect those who have lost or are at risk of losing employer-based coverage due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While we sometimes disagree on important issues in health care, we agree that Americans deserve a stable health care market that provides access to high-quality care and affordable coverage for all,” the organizations said in a joint statement of principles. “Achieving universal coverage is particularly critical as we strive to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and work to tackle long-standing inequalities in health access and outcomes.”
The groups included in the coalition are:
Organizations support the following steps to make health coverage more accessible and affordable:
* Protect Americans who have lost or are at risk of losing health coverage from their employer from becoming uninsured.
* Make ACA premium tax deductions and cost-sharing reductions more generous and extend eligibility to them.
* Establish an affordable insurance fund to support unexpectedly high costs of caring for those with serious health conditions or to otherwise lower premiums or cost sharing for ACA marketplace entrants.
* Restore federal funding for outreach and enrollment programs.
* Automatically enroll and renew individuals eligible for Medicaid and premium-free ACA marketing plans.
* Provide incentives for additional states to expand Medicaid to close the low-income coverage gap.
Read the whole principle: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn720/bcbsprogresshealth/2021/ACC%20Principles%20Final.%202.10.21.pdf