Advocate

Current Issue: Protect Health Care

Tell lawmakers to protect affordable healthcare coverage! Click HERE for elected officials contact information.

United Way of Washtenaw County works to achieve greater quality of life for our community, and access to healthcare is essential in reaching this goal. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, more than 800,000 Michigan residents have gained essential health coverage.
 
Nearly half of that increase was the result of a bi-partisan effort led by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013, which expanded Michigan’s Medicaid program using ACA funds. Now, an effort is under way in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act which, without a thoughtful replacement, would effectively end health coverage for millions of Americans.
 
If the Affordable Care Act is repealed:
  • 887,000 Michigan residents would lose coverage by 2019
  • Insurance companies could deny coverage based on preexisting conditions
  • Lifetime caps could be reinstated, severely limiting care for those with chronic illness
  • Michigan would lose $38.2 billion in federal funding and pay more in uncompensated care costs
  • Nearly 376,900 Michigan residents would lose coverage due to the elimination of the Medicaid expansion for low-income adults made possible by ACA
  • Low- and moderate-income working families in Michigan would lose substantial financial assistance that is now available to help them pay their premiums and cost-sharing for insurance purchased in a marketplace
  • Nationwide, the number of uninsured Americans would rise by 18 million within a year of the repeal, with that number rising to 32 million by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation created a one-pager and a deeper analysis of the replacement plans being proposed. Click here to learn more


Additional Advocacy Resources
 
Advocacy is a critical piece of our work at United Way of Washtenaw County because it is one of the most effective tools we can use to promote our community’s needs. That’s why we work every day to bring our partners, supporters, civic leaders and community members together to speak out on Health, Education and Financial Stability issues that are the heart of our mission. Click here for our Public Policy Platform.
 
Raise awareness about a cause you care about by using your voice to create change. Advocating is crucial to a community’s success. By calling, emailing, or even tweeting your elected officials you can help us spread the word about the change that needs to happen in Washtenaw County.
 
Click HERE for elected officials contact information.
 
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