Advocacy: Health Care & The ACA

Protect Health Care

The proposal released by Congress contains many changes that are likely to harm Michigan families.  
 
We support any effort that improves the quality and affordability of health care, but the reality of this proposal is that it will do the opposite. The plan dramatically reduces health care funding for those who need it most, putting 400,000 Michigan residents at risk and shifting higher costs onto seniors.
This issue is not about personal health care policies or politics. It's about the health and well being of our community as a whole. Contact your representatives here.

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed: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 plan being proposed. Click here to learn more


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Opposes Repeal of Affordable Care Act

“The Affordable Care Act is helping people – the uninsured rate in Washtenaw County has dropped by half since 2010,” says Andy LaBarre, chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. “As a community, we want to support residents’ health and productivity. Maintaining what we’ve gained with respect to affordable health coverage is one clear way to do this.” Read more...


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