“Over 65,000 hardworking Iowa farmers, small business owners and their families currently access high-quality and affordable health insurance through transitional health plans.” Grassley said following CMS’s action. “I appreciate CMS extending these health plans to be sold in CY 2023. This action will provide Iowans predictability and stability in their health care.”
“Tens of thousands of Iowans signed onto a health care plan they were told they could depend on, and it’s important this administration honors that promise, as Democratic and Republican administrations have in the past,” Ernst said. “I’m pleased CMS made the call to extend these health plans so Iowa families can continue to get quality care uninterrupted.”
“The leadership of Senators Grassley and Ernst has been critical to ensuring that rural Iowans have access to quality and adorable healthcare. Affordable healthcare is vital to the health of our rural communities and the Iowa Farm Bureau appreciates their leadership, ” said Iowa Farm Bureau.
“Since 2013, federal authorities have provided state flexibility permitting transitional policies to continue. Transitional plans provide access to healthcare coverage that is likely otherwise unaffordable. Year after year, Iowans have the opportunity to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans but many choose to stay in transitional plans to avoid the very high ACA rates, especially those in the individual market. This federal action will provide predictability and stability for Iowans, ”he said. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said.
Transitional health plans refer to insurance coverage that was purchased after Obamacare became law in 2010, but before it was formally implemented in 2013. These high-quality plans, which cover more than one million Americans, offer additional choice in the health insurance marketplace, and they protect patients with pre-existing conditions. The administration must extend these plans each year so they do not expire. Both the Obama and Trump administrations routinely extended transitional health plans, but CMS has not committed to maintaining this bipartisan policy for 2023 or further into the future.