October 20, 2021
AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin Testifies On Health Insurance Coverage Press Release
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Finance this morning, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses health insurance coverage in America and the role of federal programs.
His key points:
- The vast majority of Americans are covered by health insurance, with private insurance provided by employers being the leading source of coverage;
- During 2020, the onset of the pandemic slightly reduced private insurance, but public safety net programs offset the loss and left the fraction of Americans uninsured roughly unchanged; and
- Despite this success, key public programs – Medicare and Medicaid – can benefit from reforms that raise the value of the care provided to their beneficiaries.