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House Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on Exchanges

Today, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) respectfully submits this official statement for the record on today’s hearing Implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges and Related Provisions.  For the 22 million self-employed Americans (77% of which are currently self-insured), we believe the development of health insurance exchange markets is an attractive option for the self-employed and, if constructed accurately, will provide affordable health care options for our members.

House Ways and Means Committee Hearing- Statement for the Record (9-12-12)

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Statement for the Record

Submitted to the Ways and Means Committee

United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

“Implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges and Related Provisions”

Submitted by Kristie Arslan
CEO & President, National Association for the Self-Employed

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) respectfully submits this official statement for the record on today’s hearing Implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges and Related Provisions.  For the 22 million self-employed Americans (77% of which are currently self-insured), we believe the development of health insurance exchange markets is an attractive option for the self-employed and, if constructed accurately, will provide affordable health care options for our members.

However, we remain deeply concerned that the lack of clear guidelines and expectations for the development of state-based exchanges by the Department of Health and Human Services to states, insurance companies, employers, and consumers in delivering final guidance, will result in the creation and implementation of ill-constructed exchange markets.  Millions of Americans are expected to participate in both state and federally operated exchanges in the fall of 2013 and yet, key guidance from the federal government has been minimal.

Essential to the creation and implementation of the exchange system, three areas deeply concern the NASE:

1) The number of States that have declined to establish state exchange markets;
2) Lack of final regulation defining Essential Health Benefits;
3) Finalized regulation related to the creation and implementation of exchanges 

We are committed to serving as partners with the Department of Health and Human Services and other key stakeholders to ensure that the exchange-market is thoughtfully created and implemented.  At a time when the self-employed are at their highest for being insured while expressing their concerns related to increasing cost of insurance, we need the implementation of exchanges to move forward, smoothly.   

Kristie Arslan
CEO & President
National Association for the Self-Employed