BigNews.Biz - Feb 17,2017 - Flake Asks Administration for Indefinite Extension of Obamacare Relief Policy
Urges HHS to allow people to keep certain individual and group plans
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) joined 22 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price requesting the indefinite extension of a policy providing relief from certain requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Extending what is known as the “transitional relief policy” would allow individuals and small groups in Arizona and 34 other states to keep certain “grandfathered” insurance plans that are not compliant with the ACA, also known as Obamacare.
“Arizona has been ground zero for the structural failings that are plaguing insurance markets around the country,” said Flake. “I look forward to working with the administration to provide relief to Arizonans as we craft a replacement that actually works.”
View a signed copy of the letter here.
Text of the letter can be view below.
Flake reintroduced the Removing Limitations on Insurance Effectiveness and Flexibility (ReLIEF) Act during the 114th Congress. The bill would make access to affordable catastrophic insurance plans available to everyone, and permanently deem these plans as compliant with the essential coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more about the bill here. You can also read about Flake’s original introduction of the ReLIEF Act during the 113th Congress here.
On Jan. 4, 2017, Flake and U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) reintroduced the Health Savings Account (HSA) Expansion Act. The bill would provide for more universal participation in HSAs to combat the rising cost of health care. Read more about the bill here.
On Jan. 4, 2017, Flake cast his first vote of the 115th Congress to begin the process of repealing and ultimately replacing Obamacare with something that actually works.
On Jan. 20, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing federal agencies to reduce the burdens of the Affordable Care Act to the maximum extent possible. Read the order here.
Dear Secretary Price,
Congratulations on your confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. We look forward to working with you to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We commend your commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and working with Congress to enact market-driven approaches that put Americans back in control of their health care.
We appreciate President Trump’s determination to ease the burden of the ACA through his Administration. The President’s January 20, 2017, Executive Order instructing agencies to minimize the harmful impacts of the law and provide states additional flexibility is an admirable first step. As Secretary of HHS, we know that much of this responsibility will fall on your shoulders. One way HHS can protect Americans from the crippling effects of the law is to extend the transitional relief policy for individual and group plans in 35 states. HHS Guidance is needed by mid-February to give states and health plans time to act.