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Donnelly Reiterates Call for Administration to Provide Market Stability and Work on Bipartisan Solutions to Strengthen Health Care System
Donnelly Reiterates Call for Administration to Provide Market Stability and Work on Bipartisan Solutions to Strengthen Health Care SystemAs efforts to sabotage health care continue, Donnelly continues pressing for Administration to ‘do no harm’ and remains involved in bipartisan Senate negotiations to stabilizing markets
Wednesday, October 11, 2017Granger, Ind. — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly again is calling for the Administration to commit to providing stability to health insurance markets and working together on bipartisan solutions to reduce health care costs, expand access to care, and strengthen the health care system. Following up on his previous letter to Hoosier Seema Verma —Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — Donnelly wrote to her again reiterating that the Administration should do no harm and work on constructive, bipartisan efforts. He urged the Administration to make a public commitment to continue CSR payments in a letter on July 31 to Seema Verma, whom he partnered with to establish Indiana’s bipartisan HIP 2.0 program through the health care law. To date, Verma has not responded.
In Donnelly’s latest letter to Verma, he wrote, in part, “Since my last letter, the Administration has taken additional measures to undermine the individual market by significantly cutting outreach and enrollment efforts, which may lead to lower enrollment, a sicker risk pool, and ultimately higher premiums for consumers. All these actions lead to a troubling pattern of purposeful weakening of the law, which only hurts the American public. I find these developments to be especially disturbing in light of our past conversations in which you expressed your desire to ensure more Americans have access to affordable health care and your commitment to work with me and individual states to strengthen our health care system.
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