Brown Calls On Congress to Take Action as Trump Ends CSR Payments

CSR Payments Help Ohioans Afford Health Insurance, Create Certainty in Insurance Market; Brown’s Bill Would Clarify the Law, Make CSR Payments Permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called on Congress to pass his legislation that would clarify current law and make permanent critical payments to Ohio insurers, known as cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. Last night, President Trump announced the Administration will back out of the government’s commitment to CSR payments, which make healthcare more affordable for Ohioans. Uncertainty over whether or not the Administration will continue these payments has forced some insurers – like Anthem – to pull out of Ohio markets. 

“Pulling the rug out from under efforts to make Ohioans’ health insurance more affordable is not the way to make healthcare work better,” said Brown. “President Trump’s actions threaten to raise healthcare costs and jeopardize insurance coverage for Ohioans. Now more than ever, Congress should come together and prevent prices from spiking for Ohio families.” 

Brown has cosponsored legislation, The Marketplace Certainty Act, which would help stabilize health insurance markets by clarifying the law that CSR payments should be permanent and expanding CSR payments to cover more Ohioans. 

Brown has also offered legislation to make improvements to the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option to the individual marketplaces so all consumers can access an affordable plan no matter where they live, while adding competition and lowering costs. He also introduced a package of proposals to bring down the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, one of the major cost drivers in the healthcare system, including a bill to crack down on pharmaceutical companies who spike prices overnight. Brown’s proposals have been called, “just about every policy idea drug lobbyists hate.”

In September, Brown and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) asked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to work with them to fix the healthcare system so it keeps people healthy, rather than just treating them when they are sick.