Arizona’s GOP lawmakers are planning to roll back subsidies for the state’s health insurance exchanges, a move that could cost the state tens of millions of dollars in 2018.
In a letter to the Arizona Department of Insurance on Tuesday, the state GOP said the bill will allow insurers to continue to charge higher premiums to consumers than the state originally promised.
The Arizona House of Representatives and Senate have both passed the bill, but Gov.
Doug Ducey has refused to sign it into law.
Republican Sen. Kelli Ward said on Tuesday that she believes that she will have enough votes to override Duceys veto, according to the Associated Press.
In the letter, Republican Sens.
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Jeff Flake and Rob Johnson, R, both from Arizona, wrote that the Republican plan would make it difficult for states to implement the law.
They said that “there will be no meaningful competition” in the individual insurance market and that “the cost to the state is not in line with what it costs in the marketplace.”
In the Senate, Democrats have also signaled their support for the legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Amy Murray said on Monday that she supports repealing the state-run exchange subsidies.
“If you don’t repeal the subsidies, we don’t have a state-based exchange, so I don’t think we can afford to do that,” Murray said.