Senator Cantwell Statement on 2019 Washington State Health Insurance Rate Increases

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement on the proposed 2019 rate increases in Washington state's individual health insurance market:

“The Administration’s push to allow junk insurance plans and eliminate cost-sharing reductions for low-income people is making it harder for Washington families to pay the bills and access care. Americans need stability and affordability in health insurance – not the chaos caused by the Trump Administration.

The Basic Health Program, which is bringing low-cost, comprehensive coverage to nearly 800,000 people, is a successful model we should expand. We can also lower costs and improve quality by continuing to innovate in the delivery of care.