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NASE Leads Association Letter Expressing Disappointment on D.C. Council Action

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the NASE along with American Independent Business Coalition, Council for Affordable Health Coverage, and Southern Consumers Alliance, sent a letter to the District of Columbia City Council expressing disappointment council's unanimous support PR20-0744 – Health Benefit Exchange Authority Financial Sustainability Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2014 on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. 

In their action, the council approved a 1% tax on all health-insurance carriers with gross receipts of $50,000 or more within the District of Columbia, not just those insurers operating within the D.C Health Benefit Exchange.  

In the letter the three groups state, "It is not unreasonable to assume this 1% tax on health-insurance carriers will be immediately tacked on to the premium costs paid by the policyholder. Given the estimated fluid nature of the health insurance premium marketplace and continued concerns and efforts by the self-employed and micro-business community to contain costs, this additional tax is unwelcome and counter-productive to achieving the Authority’s goals."

Full text of association letter to D.C. City Council

The NASE looks forward to working with the council to find a better solution to the budget challenges faced by the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange. 

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