Health Care Reform

Our Position

AmeriHealth’s point of view on health care reform

AmeriHealth

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the most far-reaching health care reform law since Medicare was enacted in 1965. At 2,400 pages, it’s also one of the most complex pieces of legislation ever enacted by Congress. The law includes more than 1,000 provisions that require the federal government to write regulations explaining how they are to be implemented. It will be years before all of its provisions take effect and its overall ramifications understood.  

We at AmeriHealth have supported health care reform for more than a decade. We believe all Americans should have access to affordable, quality health care and that this law is an important first step toward comprehensive reform. Over the coming years as federal regulations further define the law, we hope reform has the intended groundbreaking impact on increasing access, raising quality, and improving affordability of health care for all Americans.

We fully support health care reform.
We have long believed that everyone should have health coverage regardless of health status.

We believe the law is an important first step toward comprehensive reform.
Many provisions of the reform law are positive, such as those that expand coverage of preventive care and for adult children to age 26. In addition, the law will expand coverage to an estimated 30 million Americans who are uninsured.

But the law needs to do more than cover more Americans.
Health care reform must go beyond significantly expanding access to coverage; it must also help lower high health costs, which some economists say is the number one threat to our nation’s economy. The cost of medical care continues to rise sharply and is largely unaddressed by the law. Equally important, the law needs to raise the quality of U.S. health care, which is inconsistent.

All stakeholders in health care — doctors, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, insurers, government, and consumers — must work together to lower the cost of health care and raise quality.
Health insurance premiums are directly tied to medical costs. Two of the leading reasons why these costs go up are unhealthy lifestyles and aging. So in order to lower costs, we need to find ways to encourage Americans to make healthy choices and protect their well-being as they age. Together, we need to find ways to address the underlying problems that raise health care costs.

At AmeriHealth, we’re already doing our part to raise the quality of care and lower the costs.
To raise quality and lower costs for our members, we are:

  • providing incentives to doctors and hospitals to reward superior quality and safety;
  • joining a national effort to improve service, lower costs for multi-state customers;
  • offering innovative workplace wellness programs to employers;
  • using technology to more effectively serve our customers and build their health.