Despite Rising Scrutiny of Insurers, Experts Predict Only Modest Policy Action

Although 2024 features both a presidential election and a split Congress — limiting any potential policy changes that could affect health insurers — the industry is facing mounting criticism regarding some of its business practices. Therefore, managed care organizations this year will be lobbying, perhaps largely behind the scenes, to not only mitigate that pressure but also to set the stage for future policy battles, industry observers tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT.

“I don’t think there’s a huge health insurance reform issue in the immediate future, but I do think [insurers] kind of exited 2023 in a hail of bullets,” says Katherine Hempstead, senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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