It’s Official: Humana Becomes Third Insurer To Leave AHIP
While some insiders predict that the termination, following departures by Aetna and UnitedHealth, will weaken the largest trade group's influence on Capitol Hill, AHIP pushed back on the idea, citing its growing membership and profits.
Humana Leaves Insurers Group
Humana has ended its membership with the health insurance industry’s largest trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). According to a Humana spokesman, the formal termination happened Dec. 31, but he said the company “has not actively participated in AHIP since early 2017.” (Weixel, 1/10)
Humana Officially Leaves AHIP
Kristine Grow of AHIP said while Humana scaled back its "engagement with our activities" in 2017, the association understands Humana's move was a "business decision" rather than based on policy disagreements. Insurers trod cautiously in their public statements and lobbying efforts last year as the GOP-led Congress repeatedly tried to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Grow said despite the uncertainty, AHIP grew by 12 members over the last year and saw its $2.3 million in revenue losses following the exits of Aetna and UnitedHealthcare in early 2016 turn to $1.2 million in profit. (Luthi, 1/10)