This infographic shows the basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion.
President Trump’s ACA Changes Will Increase Costs to Consumers, Make It Harder to Enroll in Coverage
Yesterday, despite overwhelming opposition from consumers and a variety of other stakeholders, the Trump Administration finalized proposed changes to the individual health insurance market for 2018 that will increase costs for consumers, reduce financial assistance to help consumers afford coverage, and make it harder for people to enroll in coverage through the marketplaces.
In its first regulatory act, the Trump Administration has laid the groundwork to ensure that “TrumpCare” will cost consumers drastically more, if they are able to sign up for health insurance at all. This tips the balance in favor of insurers at the expense of consumer protections.
Learn about the financial assistance the Affordable Care Act provides to protect low-income consumers from spending too much on copayments, deductibles, and other health care expenses.
Known as “cost-sharing reductions,” this assistance is essential to whether people can afford to get health care.
On top of Republican plans to repeal the federal health reform law, there’s another threat to the Affordable Care Act looming in the courts.
A legal case, House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell), now before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenges part of the ACA that lowers deductibles and other out-of-pocket health care costs for people with modest incomes.
With House Republicans trying to revive their disastrous bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s time to once again remind lawmakers that we are paying attention.
Opponents in Congress were unable to repeal the law because the American people - along with a bipartisan majority in Congress - want to keep the law’s protections and key components. Members of Congress must hear this simple message: Do not take away our care. Stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Move on.
Starting in 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were enacted into law, our nation incrementally bent the arc toward the crowning achievement in health coverage justice: universal health insurance. That progress has been substantial – with enhancements in people gaining coverage occurring throughout the years thereafter, culminating in the historic Affordable Care Act (ACA). But we still have a long way to go.
The demise of the GOP’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was truly an extraordinary event! For the first time in many years, Republicans controlled all the decision-making levers of the legislative process: the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. They had crusaded for seven years to repeal and replace the ACA and, for an even longer period, were chomping at the bit to reorganize (aka cut funding from) the safety-net Medicaid program. These were unmistakable top priorities for the Republican leadership. Yet they failed
Older Americans (age 50+) would be among the hardest hit under the House plan due to higher premiums, reduced financial assistance, massive cuts to Medicaid and threats to the future of Medicare.
The GOP repeal bill does nothing to improve the health or financial well-being of Americans and inflicts harm in these six ways.
The bill is dead. This battle is over! It’s time to take a deep breath, re-energize, and stay vigilant.
We need to make sure Representatives understand that any future changes to the ACA must keep coverage equally affordable, available to as many people, and protect the Medicaid safety net.