seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums
as high as 26 percent. Thisrescission by Congress seriously und
ermines one of the American people’s most effective
bulwarks against these rapidly increasing premiums.While we are surprised and deeply disappointed
by this development, America’s health care CO
-OPs are pushing forward with our goal of providing as many Americans as possible with quality,affordable health care starting in early 2014 when the exchanges become operational. TheNational Alliance of State Health CO-OPs, the CO-OP trade association, appreciates theproductive relationship that we have enjoyed with HHS, and will continue to work closely withthe Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. We ask that HHS take anyavailable steps to support those CO-OPs which were abruptly cut off from the loan program,including working with Congress to restore funding.
Thank you for your continued efforts to improve America’s health care system.
We will continueto keep open the lines of communication between HHS and NASHCO, and look forward to
working with the department to support our nation’s health care CO
-OPs.Sincerely,John MorrisonPresident, NASHCOJanice S. VanRiperExecutive Director and CEO, NASHCOBrett BäbyCEO, Coordinated Health Plans of OhioMember of the Board, NASHCO