Health insurance companies spent millions to stop health reform in Congress. They laundered $86 million through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a secret anti-reform smear campaign.
Now the insurance companies are trying to block good consumer protections. They're still waging their war for profits and trying to prevent rules that will make health reform work for all of us.
We need to stop them. The federal Department of Health and Human Services is writing the rules to put health reform into effect. Let's tell them to do what’s right for us - not what's right for insurance companies.
Dear Secretary Sebelius,
The Affordable Care Act was passed so that all people in America would have access to quality, affordable health coverage and care. Now, insurance companies are working to undermine the law so they can continue to profit from denying people the care they need.
I am writing to demand that HHS create rules that do the following:
Speak our language. Require everyone in the exchange - from insurance companies to doctors to the exchange itself - to communicate with patients in their primary language.
Make health care better. Make insurance companies incorporate disparities into quality improvement plans, if they want to be certified. These plans should cover things like wellness promotion, chronic conditions, and language services.
Prevent the fox from guarding the henhouse. Insurance companies should not be allowed to run the health insurance exchanges. Consumers will suffer if insurance companies are allowed to make their own rules.
Make sure there are doctors in communities of color. Require health insurance companies to create access to health care in communities where doctors, hospitals, and clinics have been scarce.
Cut down on red tape. Prohibit exchanges from requiring excess paperwork, such as making small businesses re-verify the identity of their employees.
Stand with people, not insurance companies!