LISTEN: AHIP’s Matt Eyles On Politico’s Pulse Check Podcast

by AHIP

April 19, 2018

AHIP’s incoming President and CEO Matt Eyles sat down with Dan Diamond of Politico’s Pulse Check. Take a listen to the podcast episode as he discusses his career journey and his goals and values for the association and its members.

 On his role as an educator:

I think primarily of myself as someone who’s trying to educate different audiences about how health insurance really works. There’s such misunderstanding about the health insurance industry, across different programs. … Whether it’s the Administration trying to implement its agenda or issues emerging in Congress, it’s just making sure people really how health insurance works at a basic level.

On his goals for AHIP:

I want to focus on executing AHIP’s long-term strategy on consumers, affordability, value, and government partnerships, and I want to make sure we can move that forward. … In the short-term, I want to continue to build the organizational strength that Marilyn [Tavenner] has put in place. We are stronger today in a total membership perspective.

People come to us because they want to know what the insurers think. And that’s truer today than it’s ever been.

On AHIP’s commitment to the value of Medicaid:

Some of the most innovative things happening in the health insurance space are happening in Medicaid as plans are trying to address social determinants of health and how to address needs related to transportation, food, access to care.

The report really drives homes that Medicaid is working for a lot people and they’re getting more care and access to preventive treatments—certainly way more than if you’re uninsured.

On the importance of employer-provided coverage:

The employer market has been a huge priority for this year and going forward—there’s 180 million people who rely on it and people are very satisfied with that coverage. … We’re going to continue to focus on making sure that the employer market stays strong.

 Listen to the full interview below.