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ROSEN STATEMENT ON CENTENE’S DECISION TO ENTER HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET IN RURAL NEVADA

August 15, 2017
Press Release

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement applauding Centene, operated by Nevada healthcare plan Silver Summit, for entering the health insurance market in 14 rural Nevada counties:

“Thousands of Nevadans who rely on the exchanges in our rural counties are breathing a small sigh of relief with this news, and I'm thankful to Centene for stepping up to fill this void. Uncertainty around health care policy is driving up premiums and creating a crisis for working families, and it's a direct result of President Trump and Republicans in Congress who continue to press for a partisan repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Injecting partisan chaos and instability into the markets is unhelpful for families who just need access to reliable, affordable health care. Nevadans shouldn’t be held hostage by Washington Republicans who refuse to work in a bipartisan manner to improve our health care system. Congress needs to act immediately to stabilize the health care markets by funding the cost-sharing reduction payments."

BACKGROUND: Congresswoman Rosen is a co-sponsor of H.R.3258, the Marketplace Certainty Act, a bill that would immediately address market instability by controlling costs and helping to keep insurers from exiting the Silver State Exchange. The bill funds cost-sharing reductions provided by the Affordable Care Act, which would help drive down premiums costs to make insurance plans more affordable for consumers.

Congresswoman Rosen is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 635, the CHOICE Act, which directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer a nationwide public health insurance option that provides value, choice, competition, and the stability of affordable, high-quality coverage financed through premiums, rather than taxpayer dollars.

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