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Foster, 19 Representatives Call For Increased Transparency From Insurers

Nov 19, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, 19 Members of Congress joined Congressman Bill Foster in requesting that the Department of Health and Human Services use the full extent of their authority to require additional disclosure from insurers who are sending health plan cancellation letters to customers.

A copy of the request, sent to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is available here.

The letter requests that insurers notify customers of why their plan is being cancelled, provide full information on what other options are available, and give customers additional time to select a new plan.

Many consumers have received notices that their health plan is being cancelled and told if they don’t take immediate action, they will automatically be enrolled in a more expensive plan.   These letters fail to notify customers that more affordable options, including subsidies, may be available through the health care exchanges.

“I was pleased that the President and the Congress have taken steps to allow consumers to keep their current health plan,” said Foster.  “But as they consider choosing a new plan, it is critical that they have accurate information on what their current plan offers and on the full range of options available to them going forward.  If Americans like their plan, they should be able to keep it, but they shouldn’t be forced into more expensive plans because insurers are failing to provide full information.”

The letter was signed by Representatives Brady (PA), Connolly (VA), Cartwright (PA), Delaney (MD), Enyart (IL), Esty (CT), Himes (CT), Horsford (NV), Jackson Lee (TX), McCarthy (NY), Moran (VA), Murphy (FL), Peters (CA), Peters (MI), Ruiz (CA), Ryan (OH), Schwartz (PA), Shea-Porter (NH) and Titus (NV).