Roe Statement on BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Announcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced they are pulling out of the exchange in three Tennessee regions:
“This is deeply troubling news, and – on top of BlueCross’ proposed 62% rate increase for 2017 - the latest sign that the Affordable Care Act is in need of wholesale reform. At the end of the day, many Tennesseans are worse off, not better, than they were before Obamacare. Today’s news further proves that fact.”
“As a physician, I believe every Tennessean should have access to quality, affordable health care, but Tennesseans are quickly getting priced out under the ACA – if they can find insurance at all. We can do better, which is why I support House Republicans’ Better Way agenda. This agenda includes at least 48 ideas for health care reform, and will lower costs and return decision-making power to patients and their doctors. I'm also glad the proposal includes several provisions from the American Health Care Reform Act, the bill I drafted to repeal and replace Obamacare. I will continue to push for commonsense health care reforms that will make coverage affordable and accessible for Tennesseans, and – in the meantime – will work to find a solution for those affected by this announcement.”Background: BlueCross BlueShield provides coverage to roughly 83 percent of Tennesseans in the individual market. The Congressman wrote about premium increase requests in his column on August 31, found here.