AHIP CEO Matt Eyles to resign

Matt Eyles, the head of insurance lobbying group AHIP, announced plans Wednesday to resign from the trade group Oct. 2. 

Eyles has served as president and CEO of AHIP for nearly five years and worked at the organization for more than eight years, according to a news release. AHIP’s board of directors will conduct a national search for Eyles’ replacement, the group said.

Efforts to reach Eyles were unsuccessful. AHIP, which did not immediately respond to interview requests, did not disclose Eyles’ plans. 

“Down the road, I look forward to working on new pathways and collaborations to make our healthcare system work better for everyone,” Eyles said in the news release. 

In announcing his resignation, AHIP noted Eyles’ successful lobbying efforts concerning elimination of the health insurance tax; enactment of the No Surprises Act, which protects consumers from being hit with surprise out-of-network bills in most instances; and passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which extends enhanced exchange subsidies to 2025. Eyles also promoted health equity by launching the Vaccine Community Connectors initiative, which connected consumers to COVID-19 vaccines. 

Eyles’ resignation comes as enrollment in Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care has reached all-time highs and as lawmakers and regulators probe health insurance companies’ prior authorization policies and profits from government-sponsored programs.

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