Advocacy Group Makes Stop at Capitol to Support the Affordable Care Act
August 28, 2019
Pennsylvania has been identified as a swing state for the 2020 presidential election. As a result, we can expect to see policy debates early and often. One of the recent conversations has been about health care, and specifically, health insurance coverage.
The debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased under the current Administration, and numerous legislative proposals have called for a repeal of the ACA.
During 2018, the Texas attorney general filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging the ACA is unconstitutional because the individual mandate tax was repealed. That lawsuit is on appeal to a federal circuit court.
Today, the advocacy group, Protect Our Care, made a stop in Harrisburg. Joined by Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the group spoke about the importance of protecting and strengthening the ACA. The Governor’s office has estimated that 720,000 Pennsylvanians have gained health coverage through Medicaid expansion, and 380,000 have gained coverage through other provisions of the ACA.
During June, the General Assembly passed legislation, with bipartisan support, to provide the framework to allow for the implementation of a state-based health insurance exchange. Act 42 of 2019 paves the way for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to seek a federal waiver to create a state-based health insurance exchange by 2021.
HAP has supported the ACA, which provides important health insurance coverage options and protects against denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. The association also supported the expansion of the Medicaid program in Pennsylvania during 2015, and the recent state exchange proposal. Access to preventive care, chronic care management, and wellness services are critical to improving the quality of life for many of the state’s vulnerable residents.
HAP will be working closely with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the hospital community to help spread the word about the upcoming federal marketplace open enrollment period which runs from November 1, 2019, to December 15, 2019.