September 12, 2017
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Partners for Better Care (Partners) applauds the recent bipartisan activity to stabilize premiums, out-of-pocket costs, and the individual health insurance market. Partners’ members are patient advocacy organizations and a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders, including manufacturers and payers, representing more than 100 million patients living with a wide range of debilitating conditions. Specifically, we look forward to working with you and your office to ensure cost-sharing reduction payments are secured on a longer-term basis.
Congress can and must act to ensure stability in the marketplace and ease the escalating burden of patient out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and cost-sharing for medical services and treatments. As you know, uncertainty in insurer subsidy payments, also known as cost-sharing reductions, has created significant concerns for patients in the individual health insurance market. Insurer subsidy payments are critical for low-income patients who rely them to offset copays and deductibles. These payments make coverage accessible for many patients and families who otherwise could not afford health insurance or care.
We are encouraged by the bipartisan effort and urge swift enactment of a stabilization package that protects patients and strengthens the marketplace. Partners looks forward to working with Congress to help stabilize premiums, out-of-pocket costs, and the individual market.
Partners and its members are eager to serve as a resource to you and other policymakers as individual market stabilization changes are being considered. If we can provide additional information or if you would like to meet with Partners for further discussion, please contact me at MRichards@PartnersforBetterCare.org.
Executive Director, Partners for Better Care
2017 Health Care Principles
Partners for Better Care (“Partners”) is a coalition led by patients and their allies advocating for the next generation of healthcare. Our members are patient advocacy organizations and a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders, including industry and payers, who are working together with policymakers to develop the best solutions to today’s healthcare challenges. Partners represents more than 100 million patients living with a wide range of chronic and acute conditions, and we believe that Americans should have access to the necessary care to improve their health and the health of their families.
With the strong backbone of our nonpartisan Patient Charter, Partners’ members developed 2017 health care principles. As experts on patient-centered care, Partners and its members are proud to serve as a resource to policymakers and thought leaders. We remain committed to working with Congress, the Administration and other healthcare stakeholders to advance the following priorities:
Partners and its members believe that every American should have access to affordable, high-quality, patient-centered coverage in 2017 and beyond. We look forward to working with other healthcare stakeholders, Congress, the Administration and leaders on both sides of the aisle to ensure that changes to the health system work for all Americans, especially those living with debilitating conditions.
For more information about Partners, our healthcare principles or Patient Charter, please visit PartnersforBetterCare.org or contact Mary Richards, Executive Director, at MRichards@PartnersforBetterCare.org.