The WSMA Reponds to CSR Payments, Encourages Patients to Enroll

For Immediate Release
Oct. 13, 2017   Graham Short

The WSMA Responds to CSR Payments, Encourages Patients to Enroll

Seattle, Wash. – Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) President Shane Macaulay, MD, issued the following statement today:

“The Washington State Medical Association is deeply disappointed in the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reduction subsidies to insurers, which help financially support the cost of the health plans offered to low-income individuals through the ACA marketplaces. A Congressional Budget Office analysis has shown that without these subsidies premiums will increase and insurers will be more likely to pull out of the ACA exchanges. Here in Washington, uncertainty in the individual market has already led to insurers not offering products on the exchange and/or increasing premiums by double-digit percentages. Ending the CSR payments will further erode the remaining market stability, impacting tens of thousands of our patients.

“We are additionally concerned that this decision has been made practically on the eve of an open enrollment period, potentially creating additional confusion for consumers already facing a shorter window in which to obtain health coverage.

“We urge Congress to act immediately to reinstate these payments and to engage in bipartisan discussions to improve our health care system and ensure access to comprehensive, affordable health care for everyone. We also encourage our patients here in Washington to get covered and stay covered by visiting Washington Healthplanfinder at starting Nov. 1.”

About the WSMA
The Washington State Medical Association represents nearly 11,000 physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians and medical students in Washington state. The WSMA has advocated on behalf of the House of Medicine more than 125 years. Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care.

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Published 10/13/2017