Kim Keck, President & CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, releases statement regarding passage of tax reform bill

(12.21.2017)
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PROVIDENCE, RI -- Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is disappointed that the tax bill passed by Congress effectively repeals the individual mandate, a key tenet of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The individual mandate is a critical component of an effective healthcare system, as broad enrollment supports a more balanced risk pool creating more affordable premiums. Without that balance, health insurance premiums are likely to increase, effectively limiting access to care, especially for underserved communities.

We reaffirm our pledge to support the adoption of an individual mandate in Rhode Island, which, we believe, is necessary to maintain a balanced risk pool to ensure more affordable premiums. This is consistent with Rhode Island’s historic commitment to access and the state’s adoption of ACA regulations prior to the ACA becoming law.

As always, BCBSRI stands by our commitment to provide access to high-quality affordable healthcare for Rhode Islanders. It’s a commitment that defines us as a local company dedicated to all the communities we serve.

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