Having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a single bill, the Trump Administration and ACA opponents in Congress are expected to attack the law in a piecemeal fashion. Here's what we'll be tracking.
Congress is back from summer vacation and has little time to waste on a packed September agenda. Legislative items on its plate this month include: passing a government funding bill and disaster relief; extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers, and other key health programs; addressing the debt ceiling; and pivoting to tax reform.
Additionally, key Republicans and Democrats have promised to come together to address affordability and stability in the marketplace. It’s going to be a very busy month.
Advocacy can make a significant difference in ensuring that everyone has access to coverage, care, and improved health. You and your organization can play a vital role in educating public officials about issues important to health care consumers.
The goal of this toolkit is to help people new to advocacy. It will give you the knowledge and tactics you need to be an effective advocate.
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.
Today, an important new phase begins in the seemingly endless debates over U.S. health care. For the first time in many years, a committee of the U.S. Congress – the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, aptly termed the “HELP” Committee—is holding open hearings in a bipartisan quest to find practical solutions that improve Americans’ access to affordable, quality health coverage and care.
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.
Graham-Cassidy has the same destructive elements that senators of both parties and the American people rejected earlier this year. Learn more.
The majority of people in this country want Congress to put aside these harmful, partisan policies and focus on bi-partisan solutions to improve our health care system. It is time to listen to them.
See the table below to compare the newest version of ACA repeal with its predecessors:
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.
Efforts to shift to a value-based health care system create an opportunity to improve the quality of care and health outcomes, save money for consumers and the health care system as a whole, and drive reductions in health disparities. But such positive outcomes from payment and delivery reform efforts are not guaranteed. There are some elements of this proposed rule that can help reduce health disparities, but a real commitment to health equity requires additional steps from CMS.