Thursday, April 18, 2014

State insurance regulators met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden to discuss ACA implementation.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance Joseph G. Murphy and fellow insurance regulators from around the country met today with President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and senior members of the administration to discuss progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The meeting was called by the White House and organized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to focus on the ACA's successes to date as well as the challenges ahead.

"I believe that today's meeting with President Obama fortified his faith in the states' efforts in implementing the Affordable Care Act," said Commissioner Murphy. "The breadth of  experience shared with the Administration by insurance regulators from around the country was solid evidence of the capacity and capability of our state-based system to fulfill the promise of health insurance for all Americans," Murphy concluded.

The meeting in the State Dining Room lasted for more than an hour and offered an opportunity for regulators to discuss ongoing concerns in their health insurance markets and coordinate with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administration to craft solutions. State regulators expressed concern at the loss of insurance regulatory expertise with the departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas insurance commissioner; the group also advocated for a quick appointment of a permanent director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), and offered the expertise of state insurance regulators as a key resource for the new administrator.

NAIC CEO Senator Ben Nelson Joined Commissioner Murphy and 43 other insurance regulators from across the country. The President, Vice-President, HHS Secretary Sebelius, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, CCIIO Acting Director Mandy Cohen and other senior administration officials were in attendance.