Kilmer Statement on No Health Insurers Filing Plans for Grays Harbor for 2018

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after no health insurers filed plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual health insurance market in Grays Harbor County. The move would leave more than 2,000 people in the county currently enrolled in the individual market without insurance.   

“For years, I have been working to get Congress to change how healthcare is provided in rural communities because this matters to people,” said Kilmer. “When Congress or the President play politics and destabilize the insurance market leading to today's news, that hurts people. It hurts folks in our region in need of treatment, or who want to take their kids to the doctor, or who are concerned about the cost of the treatment and medication they need. While I wasn't in Congress when the Affordable Care Act was passed, I’ll keep working to get folks to stop playing politics and focus on improving the system so people in rural areas have access to affordable, quality coverage.”