This is a critical time for healthcare in our nation as proposals to cut funding for programs used by Community Health Centers, and our patients, continues to be put at risk. Here are some updates regarding those proposals as well as actions steps you can take to help advocate for healthcare protections:
ACA Individual Mandate Repeal
On Thursday, the House voted 227-205 to overhaul the Federal tax code. The measure includes a provision to repeal the individual mandate included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the requirement that most people enroll in an insurance plan or pay a penalty.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), eliminating the individual mandate for the ACA would:
- Increase the number of Americans without health insurance by millions starting in 2019, when the individual mandate would be repealed, and by 13 million in 2027.
- Increase individual market premiums by about 10 percent, according to CBO. That amounts to a premium increase of hundreds of dollars per year for about 7 million mostly middle-income consumers — and over $1,000 per year for many older people.
- Create further instability for the individual market, especially in the near term. Substantial declines in enrollment and much greater uncertainty and confusion would make it harder for insurers to forecast their risk pools. Some might opt to exit the market altogether.
We urge you to act today ahead of this measure moving onto the Senate, which is expected for a vote after the Thanksgiving holiday. Take a minute to reach out to your Members of Congress via email and tell them how repealing the individual mandate would impact you and 256,029 Arizonans. You can contact your Members directly by following this link: p2a.co/LOQnGBk
Community Health Centers, the Teaching Health Centers (THCGME) program, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) have yet to receive renewed funding at federal levels. Our goal is to have this resolved in a timely manner to ensure that our programs are not affected in the long run. We ask you to continue reaching out to your Members of Congress to share your health center stories and tell them about the value CHCs bring to our communities.
You can easily reach out to your Members at this link and use our template messaging to email them and reach them on social media. Please feel free to contact AACHC if you have any questions or would like more resources to help you and your community make the case for our health centers.