AHIP undergoes first major overhaul since 2003

The top health insurance lobby on Tuesday announced an overhaul of its membership fees, less than one year after losing two of its biggest members.

America’s Health Insurer’s Plans approved the first “major restructuring” since 2003, the group wrote at the bottom of a statement announcing its new chairmen.


The statement did not include details, and a spokeswoman for AHIP did not return a request for comment.   

The powerful lobby, which worked closely on ObamaCare, has seen seen as losing clout. Over the last year, AHIP lost both UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest insurer, and Aetna, the second-largest.

The changes come at a precarious time for the insurance industry. Healthcare insurers, which were targeted during the early days of the Affordable Care Act, are again taking heat in 2016, with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much GOP challenger seizes on outrage against Massie Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on MORE calling the companies sworn enemies.

The industry is also facing major mergers between Aetna and Humana and between Anthem and Cigna.

Also on Tuesday AHIP announced its next two chairmen: Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish for 2017 and Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson for 2018.