Affordable Care Act/Medicaid Expansion
Obamacare Repeal Fails
The U. S. Senate rejected a replacement for the Affordable Care Act on July 28, 2017. Read more
Thank you to everyone who kept up the pressure on our senators to reject any bill that would take away health care from millions of Americans and remove vulnerable low income workers from Medicaid. The effort to take health insurance from millions of people failed last night. The ACA – Obamacare – remains the law of the land.
Important Factors in Health Care Reform
Provided by Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance
Missouri health-care providers worry as pressure continues to curb Medicaid
“Missouri has among the most restrictive Medicaid programs in the nation, in part, a consequence of the state refusing to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act. And while Republican efforts to repeal and replace the law known as Obamacare fell short last week, health care analysts say pressure on the Medicaid program will continue.”
“If patients start losing Medicaid coverage and more become uninsured, Carron said it would create a ripple effect in his county, causing access problems for patients and financial strain for hospitals and a “hidden tax” on insurers and employers.” Our state legislators are considering changes to the program which have providers and recipients concerned.
Read the 3/26/2017 Post-Dispatch article here
Take the “Keep Our Care” Pledge
President-elect Trump and Congressional leaders have pledged to make changes to health care that could result in millions of Americans losing access. They have repeatedly discussed repealing the Affordable Care Act without a clear plan for replacing it. Some leaders have also said they want to drastically change both Medicaid and Medicare in ways that would be extremely damaging. Click here to sign the pledge urging lawmakers to preserve access to health care.
The ACA Is Here To Stay!
June 25, 2015
The Supreme Court ruling maintaining subsidies to offset the cost of health insurance “was a huge win,” according to Robert Gatter, St. Louis University School of Law. At a celebration of the ruling at Central Reform Congregation June 25, Gatter said that the court did the right thing by interpreting the intent of the statute. The purpose of having “an exchange established by a state” was to support health insurance markets, not destroy them. And by allowing consumers who earn 100-400% of poverty to purchase insurance on an exchange, regardless of whether it is run by a state or the federal government, supports health insurance markets.
LaDonna Applebaum stood with Women’s Voices member Melanie Shouse in front of the office of Representative Lacy Clay advocating for the creation of the Affordable Care Act. Melanie, under-insured, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and died in 2010. But while battling her disease she worked tirelessly for health care for all. LaDonna said, “Because of Melanie, I am here today.”
LaDonna and her husband Tom purchased insurance on the exchange and received their health card January, 2014. In June, Tom had an accident requiring surgery on his hand. In August, LaDonna was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has completed her chemo therapy and radiation treatments. And for those who claim she and Tom are “takers”, she says, “We’re not takers; we’re giver backers!” They hope to earn enough next year to not require a subsidy.
Steven Engelhardt, Communication Director for Representative Lacy Clay, read a statement from the representative. Rep. Clay said that he is gratified that the essential funding mechanism which has provided insurance for 16 million Americans is now the “settled law of the land.” Clay encourages us to use this win as an incentive to work with our state legislators to expand Medicaid and stop allowing 5.4 million dollars to be lost each day by refusing the federal funds. Clay says it is “time for our legislators” to provide the same insurance they receive to the 200,000 Missourians who fall into the coverage gap.