WASHINGTON – The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association issued the following statement today on Senate healthcare reform legislation:
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to ensuring that everyone, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, can obtain the healthcare coverage they need at a price they can afford. If there is no longer a requirement for everyone to purchase coverage, it is critical that any legislation include strong incentives for people to obtain health insurance and keep it year-round. A system that allows people to purchase coverage only when they need it drives up costs for everyone. Immediate funding for the cost-sharing reduction program also is essential to help those individuals most in need with their out-of-pocket costs, so they can access medical services. And dedicated funds must be provided to help pay for the care of those with significant medical conditions.
In order to ensure a stable individual insurance marketplace, any final legislation must include these crucial elements to avoid steep premium increases and diminished choices that would make coverage unaffordable and inaccessible.”