This week, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Governors John R. Kasich (R-Ohio), Steve Bullock (D-Mont.), Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), Phil Scott (R-Vt.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Charles Baker (R-Mass.), Tom Wolf (D-Pa.), Bill Walker (I-Alaska) and Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) in calling on Congress to quickly pass legislation that will stabilize private health insurance markets and make health insurance more affordable.  The bipartisan group of governors have worked collaboratively throughout the summer to encourage a bipartisan solution to health care reform, such as a plan spearheaded by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

“We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation to stabilize our private health insurance markets and make quality health insurance more available and affordable,” the governors said in a letter to congressional leaders.  “Senators Alexander and Murray have negotiated in good faith and developed a bipartisan agreement that will help achieve these goals. Their legislation deserves a vote by the House and Senate.”

The governors continued, “We urge Congress to work with states to make reforms that will preserve and expand gains in coverage, while controlling costs for consumers. Earlier this year, Governors from both sides laid out a framework to help stabilize the individual markets. We are encouraged that the Senators’ agreement contains many of the elements that Governors identified as important to stabilizing the market, providing choice for consumers and making insurance more affordable.”

The full letter to congressional leaders is available here.

In August 2017, the bipartisan group of governors sent a letter to congressional leaders outlining a framework for reform.  The letter is available here