Bipartisan group of governors urge Congress to stabilize insurance markets

A bipartisan group of 10 governors sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate Wednesday urging them to pass the Alexander-Murray bill.

The governors argue it is vital for Congress to stabilize individual markets through cost-sharing subsidies, which keep insurance costs down for low-income Americans.

"Stabilizing insurance markets is one of the primary areas where Congress can take action to ensure that consumers have affordable health care options. As governors, we deal with the real life impacts of actions taken in Washington, D.C.," the letter reads. "With heightened uncertainty at the federal level, many of our states have worked hard to ensure that every part of each of our states has insurers willing to offer plans on the individual market. We have explored, designed and implemented programs to help keep costs from spiraling out of control."

The governors who signed the letter were John Kasich, R-Ohio, John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., Steve Bullock, D-Mont., Bill Walker, I-Alaska, Tom Wolf, D-Pa., Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., John Bel Edwards, D-La., Charlie Baker, R-Mass., and Phil Scott, R-Vt.

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