There needs to be provisions to discourage people from waiting until they get sick to buy insurance, said Karen Ignagni, the chief executive of EmblemHealth and the former head of Americas Health Insurance Plans, a trade group. The absence of any penalty for not having insurance could cause some
Date: Jun 23, 2017
The GOP's dramatic change in strategy to pass health care reform
in the room the first time around. At a White House health care summit in March of 2009, Karen Ignagni, then the head of the powerful insurance lobby, Americas Health Insurance Plans, stood up to say her member companies wanted to work together with the president to pass health reform that year. L
Date: Mar 13, 2017
What insurance market fixes can the GOP cram into an ACA repeal bill?
There is a lot of very positive discussion going on around the concept of what it will take to assure stability, said Karen Ignagni, CEO of EmblemHealth and former CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans. I think these kinds of provisions and concepts theoretically could be worked into a reconcil
Date: Jan 13, 2017
What it will take to stop insurers from fleeing after the ACA's repeal
I'm encouraged that discussions on Capitol Hill are beginning to migrate from the binary choice of repealing or keeping the ACA to how you stabilize the market so there is continuity of coverage for 20 million people, said Karen Ignagni, CEO of Emblem Health and former head of American's Health In
Date: Dec 06, 2016
'Free' Contraception Means 'Free,' White House Tells Insurers
The CEO of trade group Americas Health Insurance Plans, Karen Ignagni, said she was pleased the guidance allows insurers to practice medical management meaning they can charge a co-pay or deductible for some birth control rather than have to provide all brands for free, which would increase cost
"To use highly selective anecdotes to draw sweeping conclusions about consumers coverage does nothing to improve the quality, accessibility, or affordability of health care for individuals and families, the group's president and CEO, Karen Ignagni, wrote in a statement.
Date: Apr 29, 2015
After Obamacare: The next Democratic health agenda
Four years later, in 2013, Pollack quietly worked on what he calls a "mini-version" of the same meetings. He held about a dozen meetings with Karen Ignagni, chief executive of America's Health Insurance Plans, and officials from the Pacific Business Group on Health, which represents employers.
Date: Feb 23, 2015
Major Medicare reforms announced by Obama administration
Health insurance companies' lead advocate in Washington, D.C., Karen Ignagni, called the announcement a "major step forward" in encouraging wiser spending and better outcomes in the U.S. healthcare system.