LRI Adds Voice Demanding Enforcement of Health Insurance Protections for Patients

The LRI was among the 124 organizations of the I Am Essential coalition sending this letter to the HHS Secretary expressing need for nondiscrimination policies in health insurance. The letter voices strong support for the patient protections the Obama Administration is proposing that insurance companies must include as they develop their 2017 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), while calling again on the Administration to actually enforce them.

In comments on the Draft 2017 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces, the group thanked HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell for including statements in past proposed rules and the current Draft Letter to Issuers regarding plan benefit design and what constitutes discriminatory practices by insurance companies. But the groups state that based on the first three years of reviewing Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans, “we have seen little evidence that actual enforcement is happening.”