Insurance Commissioners Say Help Offered By Congress Is Not Enough To Save Market

September 6, 2017, Kaiser Health News, Julie Rovner and Rachel Bluth- A key Senate committee Wednesday launched a set of hearings intended to lead to a short-term, bipartisan bill to shore up the troubled individual health insurance market, but a diverse group of state insurance commissioners united around some solutions that were not necessarily on the table.Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, said at the outset of the hearing he hoped to reach consensus on “a small, bipartisan, stabilization bill” by the end of next week. But the five state officials who testified seemed to have ideas other than those Alexander has touted for the past couple of weeks.

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