January 9, 2017 | Rosemarie Day

AISHealth: With Lawmakers Poised to Shred the ACA, Health Plans Step Into Ambiguous Future

Rosemarie Day, president of Massachusetts consulting firm Day Health Strategies, says she’s advising state-based exchanges to diversify their customer base to help them hang on to the carriers they have. Day is the former chief operating officer of the public insurance exchange that emerged in 2006 after Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) enacted the state’s landmark health reform law.

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(2) Carriers and providers may team up to shape policy: Day says health insurers should team up with providers to clearly explain the effects that repealing the ACA will have at the state and local levels, as well as from a business perspective. She says they should insist that an ACA replacement be created before the ACA is repealed. Without that, insurers will be left with too much uncertainty and premiums will skyrocket. Moreover, “providers will be left holding the bag” when newly uninsured patients begin to show up for treatment.

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