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Carson Statement on Anthem and MDWise Leaving Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace

Jun 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman André Carson released the following statement today after Anthem and MDWise announced that they will leave Indiana’s individual health exchange marketplace.

“With so many families reliant on the health care exchange across our state, I am extremely disappointed in the decision by several insurers to pull out of Indiana’s Exchange. This decision means Hoosiers now have fewer options to choose from on the health Exchange. Despite my disappointment, I am not surprised by today’s announcement. Insurers, like any other business, need to know what the market will look like when determining how best to provide viable, valuable, and marketable insurance. Unfortunately, the potential passage of the American Health Care Act, as well as the Trump Administration’s repeated actions to undermine the marketplace, has created more uncertainty and instability.

“I urge the Administration and Republicans in Congress to stop undermining the markets, holding Hoosiers’ healthcare hostage. Instead, they should be working to improve, not repeal, the Affordable Care Act. Since the ACA’s passage in 2010, Indiana’s uninsured rate has fallen by 35 percent, translating into 339,000 Hoosiers gaining coverage.  

“Passage of the American Health Act would kick 23 million Americans off coverage, allow discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions, eliminate coverage for essential benefits in many parts of the county, and further destabilize the insurance market. Unfortunately, today’s announcement demonstrates that thousands of Hoosiers are already being hurt by the actions of Republicans in Congress and the Administration.”