House and White House to Consider ACA Repeal This Week

ACA Repeal Undermines Medicaid Expansion Which Has Been Critical Lifeline to Half a Million Low-Income New Jerseyans Who Would Lose Coverage

It is expected that Congress will vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Today is the day to call your member of Congress and let them know that the ACA and the Medicaid expansion are critical to low-income New Jerseyans.

Let your member of Congress know that people in their district will lose coverage.

Share your concern for the modified version of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) bill. Under the AHCA, about a half million New Jerseyans would lose their health insurance.

Click here for district by district data on the effect of the Affordable Care Act repeal in each of New Jersey’s 12 House congressional districts.

Click here for a list of congressional offices in Washington, D.C. You can use the phone numbers and ask for the housing staffer who handles healthcare issues for the office.

In New Jersey:

  • Up to 1.8 million seniors, people with disabilities and children would see their health care reduced
  • 250,000 residents who have purchased insuring through the Marketplace would experience an average $2,740 increase in out-of-pocket health care – making insurance unaffordable for many of them

Nationally, the ACA repeal would:

  • Cause 24 million people to lose coverage: 1 in 10 non-elderly people who would otherwise have insurance would lose it.
  • Effectively end the ACA Medicaid expansion.
  • Cut $840 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, with most of the savings going to wealthy people and insurance, pharmaceutical, and other corporations.

For low-income individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA has been a lifeline.

The new, revised Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) bill to repeal the ACA is worse than the previous version that was not brought to a vote a few weeks ago. The repeal of the ACA could endanger the health and welfare of thousands of individuals and families in each congressional district.

The new legislation would be very bad for persons with mental illness or a substance use disorder.

Congressmen Lance (R-7), LoBiondo (R-2) and Smith (R-4) have said that they will oppose the bill when it comes up for a vote.

It is important to call all of our elected officials in the U.S. House of Representatives but New Jersey Republicans in Congress can play a critical role in this vote:

  • Congressman MacArthur (R-3) has said that he will support the AHCA and is the sponsor of the amendment to the bill
  • Congressmen Frelinghuysen (R-11) was against the AHCA bill in March, but have yet to confirm their current position. Please urge them to oppose the bill.

Congressman MacArthur has negotiated with the House Freedom Caucus an amendment that will:

  • roll back key pre-existing conditions protections and standards that require plans to cover services like mental health, substance abuse treatment, maternity care and prohibitions against lifetime and annual limits.

This negotiated amendment has made it more likely that the bill may pass the House, unless moderate Republicans lead to protect their constituents.

On April 26, 2017, NJ.com reported “Could 4M N.J. residents lose affordable health care?

“Nearly 4 million New Jersey residents with pre-existing health conditions could lose their ability to get adequate insurance under revised Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.”

CBPP Update on the ACA Repeal

NJ.com Coverage

Paul Mulshine’s Column

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