ACA Consumer Advocacy is making everyone aware of the upcoming ACA enrollment period that begins Nov. 1st. The Trump Administration has cut funds used for education and notifications, so please spread this information to as many people as possible!
In the recent news rollercoaster ride, we heard that Republicans were unable to pass bills addressing ACA ” repeal and replace”, “skinny repeal and replace”, “repeal only”, “skinny repeal” or any variation thereof. So now what?
A Washington Post article today outlines two Republican options – withhold cost-sharing payments to insurers, thereby further destabilizing the health insurance market place and cause already expensive premiums to skyrocket even higher, or work in a bipartisan fashion to guarantee the health insurance subsidies and stabilize the individual insurance marketplace. The Chicago Tribune , in a rather partisan editorial, forecast a 43% hike in rates for Illinois in the current climate of uncertainty and confusion. Donald Trump signaled his view (via tweets of course) that payments should be withheld and the ACA should “implode”.
There are a few signs of hope that this Congress may ultimately act in a responsible manner. In the Senate, Republican Lamar Alexander has called for bipartisan legislation to extend federal payments to insurers for at least a year. The House of Representatives has also formed a Problem Solvers Caucus to look at bipartisan solutions to problems such as health care. In the meantime, a coalition of 16 state attorneys general is challenging in the ability of the White House and Congress to withhold the healthcare subsidies. To ultimately improve the ACA, more must be done than simply shore up struggling insurance marketplaces, but that is at least a place to start.
The time for solutions is growing short so we must keep up the pressure on Congress to form responsible and bipartisan solutions to our current healthcare crisis.
This is From Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Activism Checklist: (for all of you on Twitter, I especially encourage you to take note of the bonus action and remind McConnell how our legislative process is supposed to work)
Action: Advocate for fixing ACA instead of repealing.
Script: Hi. I am calling because I want good, affordable health care and am tired of watching Republicans fail over and over because they’re not listening to constituents. I want [name] to start fighting for fixingwhat’s not workingin the ACA. I want to see Senate bipartisanship and transparency in this process. Thank you.
Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs?
ProPublica Wants to Hear From You.
Action: Share your story about the affordability of prescription medications.
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Read more about their work here.
ProPublica and The New York Times are interested in hearing from patients about any difficulties they have had accessing or paying for prescription drugs, in particular if those challenges have occurred in the past year.
This linkwill take you to a questionnaire about your experience with prescription drug costs, with spaces in the form for you to describe your situation.
We all had a little breather over the 4th of July break, but the Senate will be back in session tomorrow. Indications are they will pull out all the stops to pass BCRA. Mitch McConnell submitted revisions to the CBO last week, and has been offering money to flip “no” votes. He will have two weeks to pass the bill after the CBO scores it. Save My Care has TV ads in Nevada, Alaska and West Virginia. It’s time for us to go back to the phones and call everyone on the list.
The Senate is on recess for the July 4th holiday, but you can bet your sweet bippy that Mitch McConnell is wheeling and dealing with all the Republican Senators still on the fence about the ACA repeal bill.
When calling friends and family to wish them a happy 4th of July this year, make sure those in states with GOP Senators know they can still Save the ACA!
Rep. Brad Schneider is Hosting a Health Care Roundtable on July 7th.
The Health Care Roundtable is free and open to the public but space is limited so RSVP for a ticket now! The event on July 7th, 2-3:30 pm, will be at the Lake County Board of Health in Waukegan. For more information, click here.
Comparison of the ACA, AHCA and BCRA Health Care Bills
Confused by what is in the ACA (Affordable Care Act) vs. AHCA (American Health Care Act – House version) vs. BCRA (Better Care Reconciliation Act – Senate version)? Click here to see a Huffington Post article that clearly shows the differences in an easy to understand, side-by-side comparison.