Insurers, Brokers Decry Think Tank’s ACA, Employer Plan Proposals

With two recent papers, a right-leaning think tank has managed to draw the ire of a wide array of health benefits stakeholders — including the top insurer trade group, a major health insurer, employers, unions, agents and brokers.

Both papers come at a time when health care industry stakeholders are increasingly trying to read the tea leaves to determine what policies President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump would embrace if reelected.

In a paper published in May, the Paragon Health Institute argues that not only should federal policymakers end the enhanced Affordable Care Act subsidies that have been in place since 2021, but they should also cap the current open-ended tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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