The Republican bill in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will make it vastly more expensive for anyone who needs health care, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.
Congress has left D.C. for the summer without passing legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or cut Medicaid. Leadership and rank-and-file representatives and senators on both sides of the aisle appear to be looking past the repeal fight that has embattled Congress for the past year and looking ahead toward efforts to stabilize the insurance market. Are these overtures of bipartisanship to be believed? Are the ACA and Medicaid finally safe? As always, it’s complicated.
Last week, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray introduced new legislation that represents a constructive, bipartisan step toward strengthening health care. With 24 cosponsors so far, the bill is a bipartisan package of so-called “stabilization" measures to support the individual and small group health insurance marketplaces.
Maryann, a cancer survivor from California, explains the difference that access to affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has made in her life:
"Cancer is horrible. If you’ve never had to go through it, you can’t imagine what it does to you — physically, mentally, emotionally. The stress and scariness are unimaginable.
But one thing I did not have to stress about: Health insurance. In 2014, I purchased a plan through Covered California. My plan has carried me through my treatments."
In the 2017 elections, Maine voters took control at the ballot box to expand health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. The decisive win--with nearly 60 percent of the vote-- shows the popular support for Medicaid expansion in Maine, where the governor has vetoed the state legislature's repeated efforts to expand coverage.
The lesson of the campaign will be shared in the coming year with other states like Utah and Idaho, where ballot initiatives give voters a chance to move Medicaid expansion efforts ahead after years of stalling by conservative policymakers.
Leslie and his family depend on Medicaid to care for their daughter, Gloria. Gloria's has a rare disorder that requires intensive, round-the-clock care.
The proposed cuts to Medicaid would put Gloria's family in an impossible situation. Both parents work multiple jobs, and rely on the support staff and nurses provided through Medicaid to keep Gloria at home.
Today’s headlines were about Congress turning its attention to tax reform, but there’s still some critical health care business to take care of. Congress needs to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and do it ASAP, before both lapse on September 30th. The health and health care of millions depend on it.
Getting this done should not be hard. Both the CHIP program and community health centers have enjoyed strong bipartisan support, and with good reason. Both make our health system better.
Coming off the Senate failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last week, President Trump has threatened an immediate cutoff of payments to insurance companies that support the reductions in the amount lower-income people must pay out of their own pockets for their marketplace plans. The president threatened to stop these cost-sharing reduction (“CSR”) payments both personally via Twitter and through multiple administration representatives.
In mid-April, the Trump Administration finalized policies that will harm consumers who buy health insurance through the marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These policy changes 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.
The GOP repeal bill does nothing to improve the health or financial well-being of Americans and inflicts harm in these six ways.