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Sign the Petition to Keep America Covered!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: Dear President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders of the House and the Senate: You have made your intent clear to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If you do, millions of people will lose their health insurance. You would return us to the days before Obamacare, when insurance companies could deny coverage to the sick and kick people off insurance if they ran up big bills.  It means turning back the clock to when fundamental benefits—like maternity care, prescription drugs, and mental health care—were not routinely covered, and women were charged higher premiums based solely on gender.  If you repeal the Affordable Care Act, you will be responsible for reversing enormous progress: 20 million people  have gained health insurance, bringing the uninsured rate to historic lows. Up to 129 million people with  pre-existing conditions  like cancer, asthma, and diabetes can no longer be denied or c

Protect Health Care: Share Your Story

Please read the following. In addition to sharing your story with Families USA, we encourage you to also share it with your legislators. You can find yours here: We've also included a contact list. Family Voices Indiana will be visiting legislators in DC in December. Please send us your story as well at and we will hand deliver them. For decades, Families USA has collected personal stories that highlight consumer experiences with the health care system. These stories help bring the health care debate to life by transforming mere statistics into real conversations about how people benefit from quality, affordable health coverage.   Although the Affordable Care Act was passed several years ago, your personal stories remain important to our advocacy work. Your stories help us continue to improve the health care system by demonstrating how health reform is affecting people everywhere. This is

What Now? Post-Election Questions about Enrolling in Affordable Care Act Coverage

By Sandy Ahn, Sabrina Corlette, and JoAnn Volk President-elect Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the ACA is a complex law with many provisions. Repealing it will require both time and a process, including congressional action. There are actions the Trump Administration could take on their own, such as eliminating cost-sharing subsidies to lower out-of-pocket costs for eligible consumers. Until further action, however, the ACA is law and  is operating. But that doesn’t mean that thousands of consumers won’t have questions about whether they can continue to enroll in coverage and how secure it will be once Trump takes office. For Navigators and others assisting consumers during this open enrollment season, we provide possible responses below. The bottom line? During open enrollment, now until January 31, 2017, consumers have a right to sign up for 2017 coverage. If they want health insurance in 2017, the time to sign up is now. 1)  

Impact of the Election on Health Care Policy

From National Family Voices : The health care world is trying to figure out  what exactly what can and will happen  during the next two years, when the presidency and both houses of Congress will all be under the control of leaders who have promised to repeal and replace Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) and make fundamental changes to the Medicaid program. Discussed below are the futures of the ACA, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), domestic discretionary spending, and prescription drug policies.   THE FUTURE OF THE ACA   The first question on people's minds is the  future of the Affordable Care Act  (ACA).   With respect to ACA repeal, there are several legal questions at issue:  What elements of the ACA can be repealed with 60 votes in the Senate? What elements of the ACA can be repealed with 51 votes in the Senate? What elements of the ACA can effectively be repealed by the president alone? As e


Millions of low-income Americans on Medicaid could lose their health coverage if President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress follow through on GOP proposals to cut spending in the state-federal insurance program. The biggest risk for Medicaid beneficiaries comes from pledges by Trump and other Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provided federal funding to states to expand Medicaid eligibility starting in 2014. Thirty-one states and Washington, D.C.  did so , adding  15.7 million  people to the program, according to the government. About 73 million are now enrolled in Medicaid — about half are children. Reducing the number of people in Medicaid while ensuring that only the most needy — such as children and pregnant women — remain eligible will be a goal for Trump and the new Congress, said Brian Blase, senior research fellow at the conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. “If we do not have fewer people i