Repeal, Replace, or Tweak?

As President Obama says goodbye and President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, there are many questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly known as Obamacare. First and foremost…..will Mr. Trump immediately repeal the health law and if he does – what does that mean for people in our state who signed up for coverage?

From ABC15 in Phoenix:

So far in Arizona for 2017, more than 183,000 people have signed up through the Healthcare Exchange, according to Allen Gjersvig, Director of Navigator and Enrollment Services with the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers. 

He says people do not need to be worried about their 2017 plans. 

“When you make your first payment it’s called a binder payment,” said Gjersvig. “Both parties are bound by the contract. So don’t worry about 2017.”

ABC15 also did a short video on this story. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.

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A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll says that 75 percent of Americans say they either want lawmakers to leave Obamacare alone, or repeal it only when they can replace it with a new health care law. 20 percent of those polled say they want to see the law repealed immediately.

According to a report in the Payson Roundup, Arizona’s Alliance on Healthcare Security claims repealing the ACA will “put a Grand Canyon-sized hole in our state’s health care system.”

The group released statistics on the effect a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have in Arizona:

  • 709,000 Arizonans would lose health coverage, doubling the number of people without medical insurance. [Urban Institute]
  • 124,346 Arizonans would lose an average monthly advanced premium tax credit of $230.  [Kaiser Family Foundation]
  • Arizonans would lose $10 billion in federal financial assistance through the insurance marketplace from 2019-2028. [Urban Institute]
  • Arizona would lose $32 billion in federal Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding, currently covering 1.7 million Arizonans. [Urban Institute, Kaiser Family Foundation]

Whether the ACA is soon repealed, replaced, or simply tweaked – our goal is to make sure Arizonans maintain access to the right care, at the right time, and at the right place. To that end, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) is already participating in discussions with our members and national partner – the American Hospital Association – to make sure any reforms will not negatively impact the people, patients, and communities throughout our state. Share your thoughts on what you believe we can expect in the coming weeks and what it might mean for the people who live here. Working together to find common ground is critical if we hope to one day reach our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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