The 2010 federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) put America on the path to quality and affordable health care for all. Over the years the law has faced a multitude of legal and political challenges from opponents seeking to overturn its new health insurance regulations, consumer protections, and coverage expansions. The NPA is actively working to ensure that these protections and coverage expansions guaranteed through the ACA are built upon, not dismantled.
Congress is on recess for the rest of August. Senators and House Representatives are
in-district and need to hear from physicians before they return to DC in September when
bi-partisan hearings on health care legislation will begin in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
Find upcoming Protect Health Care event locations in congressional districts around the country at The Town Hall Project
Contact Congress & State Legislators
- Find Your Senators – includes contact info for DC and district offices
- Congressional District Maps
- NPA Guide for the Hesitant: Calling Your Elected Officials
- Lobbying Tips for Physicians: Meeting with Your State & Federal Elected Officials
Write a Letter to the Editor or a post for the NPA Blog (see fact sheets below)
Lessons learned from the GOP failure on healthcare, op-ed by Robert Greenstein, President, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, The Hill (8/7/2017)
NEW! Top Democratic, Republican health experts agree on this plan to fix Obamacare, Vox (8/9/2017)
Plan proposals include:
- Continue to encourage all Americans to sign up for coverage.
– Let states do more experimentation within the health care law.
– Allow a “judicious expansion” of health savings accounts.
– Ensure funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
- ACA Marketplaces Poised to Grow Stronger — If They’re Not Sabotaged, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
- Defending Health Care in 2017: What’s at Stake?, Families USA
- includes State Fact Sheets
- 11 Bipartisan Governors Statement on Senate Health Care Legislation, July 18, 2017
- Estimating the Impact of Repealing the ACA on Hospitals – a joint report from the Federation of American Hospitals and the American Hospital Association (see Executive Summary on page 3 – “reversal of coverage would represent an unprecedented public health crisis“)
- Medicaid Works: A State by State Look – resources including an interactive map with state specific data & links to state fact sheet, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
- Cutting Medicaid Would Hurt Veterans, Vote Vets & Families USA
- The Impact of Restructuring Medicaid on Young Children, Zero to Three
- Capping Medicaid: How Per Capita Caps Would Affect Long-Term Services & Supports and Home Care Jobs, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation and Leading Age
- Impact of Per Capita Caps in Medicaid (State Fact Sheets), State Health Reform Assistance Network
- Per Capita Caps in Medicaid: Shifting Health Care Costs to the States, Families USA
- Cutting Medicaid Would Hurt Rural America, Families USA
- Mortality and Access to Care among Adults after State Medicaid Expansions, New England Journal of Medicine
- How Medicaid, CHIP, and the ACA Cover Children, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families & the American Academy of Pediatrics (State Fact Sheets)
- Making Sense Of ‘Invisible Risk Sharing’, Health Affairs Blog
- State High-Risk Pools Failed Consumers in the Past — and Would Again, AARP
- Creation of High-Risk Pools Would Imperil the Most Vulnerable Consumers, Consumers Union
- High-Risk Pools: No Solution for People with Pre-existing Conditions, The Century Foundation
NPA Fact Sheets
- Affordable Care Act Repeal: Impact on Patients & Communities
- Medicaid Block Grants: Unhealthy for Patients, States, and Our Nation
- ACA Impact on Opioid Use Disorder
- Opioid Overdose Deaths Exceed Motor Vehicle Deaths in U.S.
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Tool-kits for Local Physician Engagement – coming soon!