Health Insurance Providers: Driving Value For All Americans

by Matt Eyles, Incoming President & CEO, AHIP

May 13, 2018

This week I had the honor of delivering the opening remarks at the Washington Post’s Live event “America’s Health Future.” Together with true leaders in health care—CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Highmark Health President & CEO David Holmberg, and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy—we tackled a critical question that is top of mind for hundreds of millions of Americans: What does the future of health care look like for me?

This theme of “what’s next for health care” is already playing out across the country. While many of the discussions often show where our opinions differ, we all share a commitment to improving health care so that it works for every American:

  • Making coverage more affordable
  • Simplifying the healthcare experience for consumers and patients.
  • Improving quality and outcomes.
  • Lowering the price of prescription drugs
  • Solving the opioid crisis
  • Ensuring access to care and coverage for everyone

America’s health future means building on what’s working today. And there’s a lot that’s working: Nearly 300 million Americans have insurance that covers critical benefits like doctor visits and prescription drugs. Today, many preventive services—like screenings for cancer, cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes—are 100 percent covered by health insurance providers.

People know that if they had a medical emergency, if their child were diagnosed with a terrible illness, or if they have an ongoing challenge like managing heart disease, their health coverage will protect them from the vast majority of medical costs and provide both health and financial security..

If we improve what’s working today and fix what isn’t, if all of us—insurers, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies—work together, we can ensure that every American has access to affordable coverage and high-quality care.

We can ensure that America’s health care future is bright.