WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2016) – The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today released the following statement in response to the beginning of the 2017 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the anticipated rise in premium costs.
“As insurance open enrollment begins and Americans across the country will reportedly face significant spikes in their insurance premiums, charitable patient assistance programs are more critical than ever to ensuring that vulnerable populations can access to the health care they need.
“Yet a misguided policy issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is prohibiting charitable organizations from helping individuals pay their monthly premium payments, leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans with nowhere to turn for affordable health care and effectively undermining the original intent of the ACA.
“In an effort to fix this harmful rule, a growing and bipartisan group of members of Congress have unified behind the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3742), a commonsense solution that would allow charitable premium assistance programs to continue to serve as a temporary bridge to care for those suffering from devastating disease.
“We urge Congress to let charities be charitable and swiftly pass H.R. 3742.”
The Marketplace Access Project (MAP) is a patient advocacy movement dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. MAP supports the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3742), bipartisan legislation that would secure non-profit premium assistance for patients enrolled in qualified health plans and help ensure health care coverage that works for everyone. For more information, visit www.marketplaceaccess.org, or follow MAP on Twitter (@AccessProjectUS) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/marketplaceaccess).