AHIP Is Reviewing Its Political Giving Policies

Matt Eyles, the new president of AHIP Matt Eyles (Credit: AHIP)

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) says it will be rethinking how it handles contributions to political candidates in light of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced last week that its political action committee will suspend contributions to lawmakers who voted to challenge the presidential Electoral College results.

(Related: Blues Respond to Attack on U.S. Capitol by Changing PAC Rules)

Matt Eyles, president of the Washington-based health insurer group, put out a statement implying it’s possible that AHIP could do something similar.

“Last week’s violence and the incitement of it are shameful, abhorrent, and intolerable. We have been clear: We cannot condemn those actions more strongly. 

“Our nation, the laws of our land, and the safety of our citizens and the political leaders who serve them, are paramount. These priorities will be front and center as we immediately review our policies governing political giving.  At this time of global pandemic and economic downturn, there are so many health care and other enormous challenges that our nation must face and solve together. We continue to urge our political leaders to come together in unity and peace for the strength of our nation.”

AHIP’s political action committee spent $342,000 during the 2019-2020 election cycle.

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