Kim Keck, president & CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, releases statement regarding amended Senate bill


Providence, RI – In response to the amended Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) proposed by the U.S. Senate, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) President & CEO Kim Keck has released the following statement:

“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island continues to be deeply concerned by the U.S. Senate’s amended Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). We believe this bill, in its current form, will likely result in the loss of coverage for many in Rhode Island, greatly impacting access to affordable care.

We are particularly concerned with the “Consumer Freedom Option,” which would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, leading to increased premiums and the creation of health plans that do not provide comprehensive health benefits. This would seriously impact the stability of the individual market and increase the divide between those who are healthy and those who are seriously ill.

We encourage the Senate to work toward a bi-partisan solution that truly reinforces and supports access to affordable, high-quality care.

Regardless of what happens in Washington, BCBSRI stands by our absolute commitment to provide access to high-quality affordable healthcare for all Rhode Islanders. It’s a commitment that defines us as a local company dedicated to the communities we serve.”

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