People with pre-existing conditions, low-income consumers, and others would not fare well under the continuous coverage provisions contained in both Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and other Republican health care proposals.
Today, we saw the final enrollment numbers for the fourth open enrollment period. They build on earlier reports showing a high demand for coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces (exchanges).
Here’s our quick take on the numbers.
Planned Parenthood provides essential health care services to 2.7 million women, men, and young people across the country, the large majority of whom have low incomes or live in underserved communities. Recent efforts at the federal and state levels to defund this critical provider would jeopardize access to comprehensive health care for millions of Americans.
If you have money and don’t get sick, you’ll like the new bill House Republicans released last night that repeals the Affordable Care Act. This bill would strip coverage from millions of people and drive up consumer costs.
Call your representatives today at 1-866-426-2631 and urge them to vote "no" on this bill.
Republican leaders are not giving up on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, media leaked text for an amendment to modify the harmful House repeal bill to make it more appealing to conservative Republicans.
Make no mistake: The proposed changes only make a bad bill worse.
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.
Nothing about high-deductible plans makes health care more affordable for families. While the Republicans have yet to agree on how they propose to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one thing is clear—whatever they pursue will push more families into high-deductible plans. Every single replacement plan put forth so far would very likely increase deductibles for millions of people.
Yesterday, the Trump administration announced drastic funding cuts for outreach and enrollment. This deliberate effort to sabotage the health care law follows previous efforts to reduce marketplace enrollment by slashing advertising funding.
The cuts amount to a 90 percent reduction for marketplace advertisement funding and a 42 percent reduction in funding for Healthcare.gov. Navigator funding alone is being cut from $62.5 million to $36.8 million!
If the Senate passes a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal funding for Medicaid, the pain will not be limited only to people who rely on the ACA and Medicaid for health coverage. When millions lose health insurance, the burden of paying for the health care these now uninsured people need will end up hitting the rest of us – in the wallet.
States will be forced to dramatically cut the services Medicaid covers and cut the number of people who qualify for them if Congress makes changes in state Medicaid funding. And the services that states will likely drop first are those on which seniors, people with disabilities, and others with serious health needs rely.