This week, Ryan Young, Big “I” senior director of federal government affairs, participated on a panel presented at the National Press Club: “Obamacare After the Exchanges.”
Young was the only representative of an agent and broker group on the four-person panel, comprised of other Affordable Care Act (ACA) experts. He discussed the future of the health care reform law in both the short- and long-term.
Later this year and into 2015, “we’re worried that there could be a little more disruption than is anticipated because of two things,” Young said. He explained that the scheduled implementation of the employer mandate and the likely increased premiums for businesses opting for an early renewal strategy at the end of 2013 are “probably going to cause some issues in the group markets” by the end of this year.
Young also commented on the future of the ACA’s online insurance marketplaces. “Over the long-term, we’re hoping that you’re going to see a shift back, more towards state control,” he said.
The panel also addressed whether the law should be fixed or repealed and replaced; the expansion of Medicaid; the potential for young adults to opt out of the system; and how an increase of health care consumers will strain the community of providers.
Left to right: Ryan Young, Big “I” senior director of federal government affairs; Christina Postolowski, Young Invincibles senior policy analyst; Sean P. Carr, NPC Newsmakers committee/host and Washington, D.C. journalist (moderator); Brian Atchinson, Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA) president & CEO; and Joel Ario, Manatt Health Solutions managing director and former HHS Office of Health Insurance Exchanges director
Photo credit: Sydney Roe
Author, Sydney Roe, Public Relations Intern.