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IN THE NEWS: Local Headlines Show New Incentive For Medicaid Expansion Too Good To Pass Up

April is Medicaid Awareness Month, and the Republican lawmakers in the states that have not yet expanded Medicaid now have even more reason to do so. In addition to taking bold steps to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Rescue Plan includes robust incentives for the 12 states that have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite the overwhelming benefits of Medicaid expansion, Republicans have spent years undermining the ACA and its expansion of Medicaid at every turn, blocking millions from coverage. Yet the program has become increasingly popular, with voters in Missouri and Oklahoma approving expansion through ballot initiatives just last year. Recent polling from Data For Progress confirms broad support for expansion in key holdout states: 

Medicaid expansion has always been a great deal for states; under current law, the federal government covers 90 percent of the cost for expansion. However, under the American Rescue plan, the remaining holdout states would receive an additional 5 percent increase in the federal funding match for their traditional Medicaid programs for two years — more than enough to cover each states’ cost for expansion. Local headlines make clear this deal is just too good to pass up. 

HEADLINES

(AL) Associated Press: Alabama Sizing Up Medicaid Expansion.“Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and legislative leaders said they are reviewing details of the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that includes new financial incentives for the states that have opted against expanding Medicaid to provide health coverage for more low-income Americans. A spokeswoman for Ivey said the governor is ‘open to the discussion’ on expansion but that state leaders need additional information about the long-term cost projections.”  [Associated Press, 3/21/21

(AL) The Birmingham News: ‘We Could Call It KayCare’: Alabama Democrats Push Governor For Medicaid Expansion. “Several Democratic lawmakers are pushing Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to accept more than $900 million in the COVID stimulus bill to expand Medicaid to the state’s low-income adults. ‘I don’t care whether we call it Obamacare,’ said Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro. ‘We could call it Kaycare. It could be Alabama Health Care. But we need to expand Medicaid and the time to do it is right now.’[The Birmingham News, 3/16/21

(AL) Alabama Rise: 69% Of Alabama Voters Support Medicaid Expansion, New Poll Finds. ”Sixty-nine percent of Alabamians, including 64% of Republican voters, support expanding Medicaid when told about arguments for and against the idea, according to a new poll that the Cover Alabama Coalition released Wednesday…Both Republican and Democratic respondents were more likely to support Medicaid expansion with increased financial support from the federal government. A U.S. House bill would offer a dramatic increase in federal incentives for states like Alabama to expand Medicaid. If enacted, the legislation would provide an additional $940 million in federal money to Alabama over two years if the state expanded Medicaid.” [Alabama Rise, 2/17/21

(FL) WUSF: Medicaid Expansion Could Help Florida Overcome Budget Deficit, Advocate Says. “This year, the state is facing a $2 billion budget deficit, and lawmakers already are considering cuts to Medicaid payments. At the same time, Congress is considering expanding incentives that would provide billions of dollars to Florida and 11 other holdout states to expand Medicaid. Advocates say these incentives could help Florida overcome its budget deficit.” [WUSF, 3/3/21

(FL) WMFE: Explaining The American Rescue Plan’s $3.5B Incentive To Expand Medicaid In Florida. “Democrats are using the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act to renew calls to expand Medicaid in Florida. The ACA originally called on states to expand Medicaid to all adults up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line. But Florida is one of 14 states that didn’t expand Medicaid. Now, the $1.9 trillion dollar American Rescue Plan offers a new incentive: It would cover 90 percent of the cost to enroll an estimated 800,000 Floridians in Medicaid. And it would increase the federal pay rate for all Medicaid enrollees for the next two years. Together, that would bring an estimated increase of $3.5 billion dollars into Florida.” [WMFE, 3/23/21

(FL) Florida Politics: Democrats Lobby Florida Legislature To Expand Medicaid, Grab New Federal Dollars Under COVID-19 Relief Bill. “Florida Democrats and health care advocates are pushing the GOP-controlled Legislature to take advantage of new federal incentives to expand Medicaid in Florida…A new provision in the American Rescue Plan provides even more federal dollars to encourage Medicaid expansion in any state that has not already expanded those benefits. Florida is one of 12 states that falls into that bucket. The additional federal dollars would trickle in for two years, and could cover another 5% of costs for people covered.” [Florida Politics, 3/23/21

(FL) Palm Beach Post: Ted Deutch, New HHS Chief Tout Stimulus, Call On Florida To Expand Medicaid. “Then there are the new incentives to expand Medicaid in the state, Deutch and others said. Florida could end up with more than a billion dollars in federal funding above the cost of paying for broader Medicaid enrollments because of matching funds to help pay for existing enrollees on top of payments for expansion. As a result, the state would reap additional dollars in addition to providing Medicaid health coverage for another 1 million Floridians if the federal program were expanded, said Leslie Dach of Protect Our Care.” [Palm Beach Post, 3/23/21

(GA) Georgia Recorder: Georgia Dems Urge State To Accept Sweetened Medicaid Expansion Deal. “Georgia Democrats called on the state’s GOP leadership to take advantage of new federal incentives to fully expand Medicaid that were baked into the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package President Joe Biden signed last week. Georgia is one of a dozen states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, with Republicans calling it too costly in the long run.” [Georgia Recorder, 3/15/21

(GA) Atlanta Journal Constitution: With Pandemic Relief Plan, Democrats Try To Spur Georgia To Expand Medicaid. “Republican leaders in Georgia have adamantly opposed expanding the program to cover more low-income adults, saying it would be too costly in the long run and deny state health officials flexibility. But the $1.9 trillion stimulus aims to make resistance harder by including an infusion of about $2 billion to the state to cover the full tab of Medicaid expansion for two years.” [Atlanta Journal Constitution, 3/11/21

(KS) Topeka Capital-Journal: Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Bill Could Give Kansas An Extra $450M ― If It Expands Medicaid. “Kansas remains one of 12 states to not adopt provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which would expand Medicaid to at least 130,000 to 160,000 low-income people. But Congress is expected to pass its next COVID-19 relief package Wednesday, and national Democrats have tucked in a section aimed at enticing states that haven’t expanded Medicaid to do so.” [Topeka Capital-Journal, 3/10/21

(KS) The Kansas City Star (Editorial): Kansas, You Are Out Of Excuses. COVID Relief Would Pay For Expanding Medicaid. “Year after year, stingy state legislators have said Kansas simply can’t afford Medicaid coverage for another 165,000 residents. Too bad about the closing of rural hospitals, they said. Such a shame about poor health outcomes in urban areas. It was just too expensive, they argued. But the recent passage of Congress’ pandemic relief package has rendered that argument moot. The bill provides more than $16 billion for states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, including Kansas, making it essentially cost-free for the next two years.” [Kansas City Star, 3/17/21

(MS) Clarion Ledger: Mississippi Insurance Commissioner: What Medicaid Expansion Would Mean For The State. “The federal pandemic relief bill contains a big incentive for states that haven’t expanded Medicaid. Mississippi is one of 12 states holding out on the expansion. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says currently the federal government pays about 80 cents on the dollar for Medicaid coverage. If Mississippi were to expand, that amount would increase to 95 cents. Chaney says Medicaid expansion could provide health care coverage options for those who do not currently qualify under the Affordable Care Act.” [Clarion Ledger, 3/30/21

(MS) Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Editorial): Expanding Mississippi Medicaid Makes More Sense Than Ever. “The case for expanding Medicaid got a lot stronger this month, to the point that most any reasonable, rationale consideration would conclude that now is the time for Mississippi to do so…But the recently passed COVID-19 relief bill made the offer even more enticing by including billions of dollars for the 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid. In addition to covering 90% of new Medicaid enrollees for two years, the federal government has agreed to cover approximately 5% of the cost for current enrollees — an estimated $16.4 billion if all 12 states took the deal.” [Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 3/28/21

(NC) Charlotte Observer (Editorial): Medicaid Expansion Comes Knocking Again In NC. This Time It’s A Better Deal. “Now President Joe Biden is making a pitch to North Carolina and 11 other holdout states in an effort to extend health insurance to millions of people who are braving the pandemic without it. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package has passed by the House and is awaiting a Senate vote. The plan provides an incentive for states to expand Medicaid by temporarily increasing federal Medicaid payments by 5 percent for two years for states that newly expand Medicaid.” [Charlotte Observer, 3/1/21

(NC) WRAL (Editorial): Take The Money, It’s Ours. Expand Medicaid. “There are no good reasons for North Carolina not to expand Medicaid coverage to as many as 650,000 North Carolinians who now lack affordable access to health care…The federal COVID-19 relief legislation that appears to be headed to the president offers North Carolina between $1.7 billion and $2.4 billion in ADDITIONAL federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funds over two years – that would be on top of the cost of covering Medicaid expansion.” [WRAL, 3/10/21]

(NC) WRAL (Editorial): Expand Medicaid Now. It’s GOOD Policy. “As has been pointed out repeatedly, there is Medicaid expansion funding in the recently enacted federal COVID-19 relief legislation. Those are dollars – estimated from between $1.7 billion to $2.4 billion — North Carolina taxpayers send to Washington and won’t come back without being used to help keep more North Carolinians healthy. It would provide a significant reduction in the uncompensated care costs hospitals have to shoulder for treating uninsured patients. Hospitals in Louisiana saw those costs reduced by a third as a direct result of that state’s expansion of Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid in the state would generate thousands more jobs and increase ‘business activity by $11.7 billion over three years, between 2020-2022. It’s money that could be spent on education, infrastructure and other needs.’” [WRAL, 3/17/21

(SC) Charleston City Paper: SC Has Big, New Incentive To Expand Medicaid To Cover 200K, But Will It? “State coffers could get $2.5 billion in new federal funding over two years if lawmakers get over longstanding political objections to expand Medicaid to cover about 200,000 residents without health insurance.  At present, many agree expansion is more of a possibility than a probability due to the state’s political climate. The new funding over two years would come from a 90% federal match of health insurance costs plus a new federal incentive of about $790 million with few strings attached, analysts say.” [Charleston City Paper, 3/25/21]

(SD) PBS NewsHour: Support For Medicaid Expansion Grows In South Dakota, One Of The Last Red State Holdouts. “South Dakota would wind up spending less on health care in the future by expanding Medicaid, because the federal government would pick up a larger share of the costs for services such as prenatal care for residents who are already enrolled in the program. Hospitals and clinics would also see a decline in uncompensated care costs for treating uninsured patients as more people without insurance enroll in Medicaid, health care experts said. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government would cover 90 percent of the costs for expanding the program to more people, leaving South Dakota to chip in just 10 percent of the additional funding. The pandemic relief bill Biden signed last week includes extra federal funding for states that haven’t yet expanded Medicaid if they choose to do so.” [PBS NewsHour, 3/16/21

(TN) Nashville Tennessean: Tennessee Republicans Open To Medicaid Expansion Talks As Biden Sweetens Deal. “Tennessee could offer TennCare coverage to hundreds of thousands of moderately poor residents while also saving as much as $900 million in state money over two years if lawmakers expand Medicaid under a sweetened deal proposed by the White House. These new incentives, offered by President Joe Biden’s coronavirus stimulus law, have prompted at least one prominent Republican leader to reconsider expansion after his party opposed it for a decade.” [Nashville Tennessean, 3/23/21

(TN) WKRN: Top Republicans Are Split On Medicaid Expansion Incentives That Could Top $1 Billion. “New incentives in the latest COVID-19 relief package will give Tennessee the option for millions of dollars to cover the healthcare cost of 300,000 Tennesseans if the General Assembly decides to expand Medicaid. Tennessee Democrats are renewing their hope that the state will expand Medicaid under new standards from the federal government.” [WKRN, 3/27/21

(TX) House Chronicle: Latest Covid Relief Bill Expands Aid For 3.9 Million Texans Living In Poverty. “The stimulus also includes another attempt at getting Texas to expand Medicaid, something Republicans in Austin have long resisted, suspicious that the federal government will eventually shift the costs of the program onto the state. An estimated 1.4 million uninsured Texans would be eligible for Medicaid if it were expanded. The stimulus boosts the federal share of the cost of expansion by 5 percentage points — a move pushed by U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, a Houston Democrat, who said the provisions are ‘vital to helping incentivize states like Texas and the others that have not expanded Medicaid to do so.’” [Houston Chronicle, 3/9/21

(TX) San Antonio Express-News (Editorial): On Medicaid, Texas Defies Logic, Fiscally And Morally. “There is simply no compelling reason for Texas to refuse to expand Medicaid, and yet here we are, stuck with the highest uninsured rate in the nation because the majority of Republican lawmakers just can’t go there. It is doubly tragic. The numbers speak for themselves. Before the pandemic, Texas had an uninsured rate of 18.4 percent. That’s almost certainly risen with unemployment in the time of COVID.” [San Antonio Express-News, 3/9/21]  

(WI) Wisconsin Examiner: Expanding BadgerCare In Wisconsin Could Become An Even Sweeter Deal. “Under [the] new COVID bill, $1.3 billion would be dangled in front of Wisconsin, but only if it expands Medicaid…U.S. House Democrats are trying again to entice holdout states, including Wisconsin, to expand Medicaid coverage with the prospect of billions of dollars in federal cash. This money would be on top of the already large net benefits the state would realize under existing law through expansion.” [Wisconsin Examiner, 2/11/21

(WI) Wisconsin State Journal: Report: Medicaid Expansion Could Mean $1.6 Billion More For State Over Next 2 Years. “Wisconsin could save more than $1.6 billion over the next biennium by expanding Medicaid, raising the stakes significantly on Republicans who remain steadfastly opposed to the move. The federal COVID-19 relief bill Congress passed Wednesday would provide Wisconsin more than $1 billion in new, temporary savings if the state adopts Gov. Tony Evers’ call for Medicaid expansion in the upcoming budget, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.” [Wisconsin State Journal, 3/11/21

(WY) Casper Star Tribune (Editorial): It’s Time To Expand Medicaid In Wyoming. “Put simply, Medicaid expansion addresses a critical problem that has persisted in Wyoming. And it does so while also providing millions of dollars in revenue at a time when it’s badly needed. Viewing this reality through a nonpartisan lens reveals just how much our state can benefit. Opponents of expansion are out of excuses. The law is clearly not going anywhere. It’s not going to collapse under its own weight. And if there was a better, Wyoming specific solution, someone would have offered it by now.” [Casper Star Tribune, 3/14/21

(WY) Associated Press: Wyoming Edges Closer To Medicaid Expansion. “Although Congress has not yet passed the legislation, Biden’s strategy appears to be working. A key Wyoming Senate committee this week approved a measure that would extend Medicaid benefits to all poor adults—not just older adults, those with disabilities and pregnant women. The bill now moves to the Wyoming Senate floor. If it passes, the law would add about 24,000 Wyoming residents to the Medicaid rolls, according to estimates released by the state’s Department of Health last month.” [Associated Press, 3/9/21

(WY) Medicaid Expansion Bill Gains Approval In Wyoming House. “Wyoming lawmakers have attempted to expand health insurance for low-income residents through Medicaid expansion for nearly a decade, and each attempt thus far has been defeated, often early in the legislative process. House Bill 162 still requires two additional readings in the House before heading to the Senate. But several staunch opponents to expansion over the years are now in support of the effort. Those who have found themselves advocating for legislation they previously opposed include Rep. Steve Harshman, R-Casper.” [Casper Star Tribune, 3/22/21

Protect Our Care Kicks Off Medicaid Awareness Month With Nationwide Activities

Medicaid Awareness Month Will Feature Nationwide Events With Elected Officials, Storytellers, and Advocates Holding Republicans Accountable for Refusing Medicaid Expansion

Washington, DC — April is Medicaid Awareness Month, and Protect Our Care is kicking off a month of action by hosting dozens of events nationwide with elected officials, storytellers, and health care advocates. In addition, Protect Our Care will release polls on voters’ attitudes in four states that failed to expand Medicaid and a series of reports highlighting the benefits of Medicaid in specific communities. Protect Our Care will hold events throughout the month of April in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Republican lawmakers who have refused to expand Medicaid have another chance to do the right thing for their constituents. During Medicaid Awareness Month, Protect Our Care is launching a campaign to push the Republican governors and state legislators in the 14 holdout states to accept the additional funds now available to them through the American Rescue Plan to expand Medicaid. The campaign — featuring a website and digital ads — will also hold Republicans in Congress accountable for their votes against the American Rescue Plan and their efforts to sabotage Medicaid at every turn. 

“Medicaid is vital for ensuring access to quality, affordable care, especially for communities of color. Unfortunately, even as the benefits of the program are clear, Republicans continue to attack Medicaid,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “It’s time for Republicans to stop playing politics with their constituents’ health. By refusing to expand Medicaid in their states, Republicans are denying insurance to their most vulnerable populations — it’s almost criminal. The American Rescue Plan gives holdout states yet another opportunity to do the right thing. If they refuse they can expect to be held accountable.”

BACKGROUND:

How The American Rescue Plan Strengthens Medicaid Coverage

On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, historic legislation that includes the most significant health care expansion in a decade. After four long years of Republican efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, President Biden and Democrats in Congress are now working to expand coverage, lower costs, and reduce racial disparities in health care. 

In addition to providing affordable coverage options for millions of uninsured Americans through the ACA, the American Rescue Plan provides robust financial incentives for the 14 states that have not yet implemented Medicaid expansion. The legislation also includes important measures to strengthen Medicaid coverage and benefits. Medicaid has served as a critical safety net as millions have lost jobs and their employer-based health insurance during the pandemic. Unsurprisingly, Medicaid enrollment has grown to an all-time high of 77 million Americans. Between February and November 2020, states that expanded their programs saw a 22 percent increase in Medicaid enrollment. 

The American Rescue Plan: 

Incentivizes Medicaid Expansion. The American Rescue Plan includes an offer too good for Republican holdout states to turn down: In addition to covering 90 percent of the costs for the expansion population, the federal government would chip in an extra 5 percent for the traditional Medicaid population for two years. This translates to billions in additional dollars for the states — more than enough to cover the cost of expansion itself. Research confirms that Medicaid expansion increases access to care, improves financial security, and leads to better health outcomes. 

  • Four million uninsured adults could gain coverage if remaining holdout states expand Medicaid. An estimated four million uninsured adults — including 640,000 frontline workers, 500,000 people with disabilities, and 926,000 older adults aged 50 to 64 — could gain coverage if the remaining holdout states adopted expansion. Importantly, people of color make up nearly 60 percent of this group. Additionally, research shows that Medicaid expansion helps increase coverage rates for children. 
  • Even after paying the cost of Medicaid expansion, these states would receive an additional $9.6 billion in new federal funding that they could use to offset spending in other state programs or budget shortfalls. According to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the 14 states that have not yet implemented Medicaid expansion would receive $16.4 billion thanks to the enhanced federal match rate under the American Rescue plan, while the total cost of Medicaid expansion in these states would only be $6.8 billion.

Expands Medicaid Coverage To New Mothers One Year Postpartum. Women in the United States are more likely to die during childbirth than in peer nations, and Black women are three to four times more likely to die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth compared to white women. A recent study from the Urban Institute found that 20 percent of uninsured new mothers skipped care because of cost, and half worried about not being able to afford medical bills. The American Rescue Plan works to address the maternal mortality crisis by enabling states to expand Medicaid coverage to new mothers 12 months postpartum. This is particularly important in non-expansion states, where many new mothers fall into the coverage gap. 

Includes Funding To Ensure Medicaid Patients Can Get COVID-19 Treatment & Vaccinates For Free. The American Rescue Plan includes federal funding to provide COVID-19 treatment and vaccines at no cost to Medicaid recipients. The ARP also gives 100 percent federal match funding to states that choose to provide vaccines and treatment to the uninsured without cost sharing. Efforts to increase vaccination will be especially beneficial in communities of color and hard to reach populations.

Invests In Medicaid Home- And Community-Based Services (HCBS). HCBS help seniors and people with disabilities live and age independently at home and in their communities. Under the American Rescue Plan, states will receive a 10 percentage point increase in federal matching funds through March 2022 to strengthen Medicaid HCBS. The American Rescue Plan also includes additional funding for Medicaid-certified nursing facilities experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Invests $8.5 Billion In Relief Payments For Rural Medicaid Providers. Rural hospitals have taken a serious financial hit during the pandemic. Per the Kaiser Family Foundation, “These funds are available to compensate for health care related expenses and lost revenues attributable to the pandemic for rural providers who diagnose, test, or care for individuals with possible or actual COVID-19.” 

Provides Additional Funds For Community-Based Mobile Crisis Intervention Services. The American Rescue Plan gives states the option to provide community-based mobile crisis intervention services with 85 percent federal matching funds for three years. These services help people experiencing issues with mental health and substance use disorder. 

Lifts The Medicaid Drug Rebate Cap. Eliminating the cap on prescription drug rebates that manufacturers pay to state Medicaid programs would bring significant savings to state budgets as they recover from the economic toll of the pandemic.

Protect Our Care Marks the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act With Nationwide Events

President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, Governor Evers, Representatives G.K. Butterfield, Ted Deutch Headlined Events in Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

Eleven years ago, the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land and millions of Americans gained coverage and critical protections as a result. Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. After four long years of Republican efforts to repeal and sabotage the law, President Biden and Democrats in Congress have passed the American Rescue Plan, which builds on the strong foundation of the ACA to expand coverage, lower costs, and reduce racial disparities in health care. These steps are essential as millions have lost their jobs and their health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To mark the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and passage of the American Rescue Plan, Protect Our Care held nationwide events with President Barack Obama, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Governor Tony Evers (D-WI), U.S. Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) and Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), state and local elected officials, and health care storytellers. 

Protect Our Care released two videos featuring the events from this week:

President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, and HHS Secretary Becerra Marking 11th Anniversary of the ACA with Protect Our Care

Protect Our Care Releases New Video Featuring President Obama to Recognize 11th Anniversary of the ACA

Highlights and coverage from Protect Our Care’s events:

NATIONAL:

Monday, March 22, 2021 — President Barack Obama Joins Protect Our Care, Health Care Storytellers to Reflect on the Success of the Affordable Care Act

President Barack Obama joined Protect Our Care and health care advocates to discuss how the law has benefitted millions of Americans since its passage 11 years ago and the work still needed to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. The former president reflected on the ACA, which was one of the most significant legislative achievements of his presidency, and the impact of the the American Rescue Plan, which further expands coverage and lower costs. You can watch the event here.

Coverage:

The Washington Post: The Health 202: Democrats See a Pathway for Their Ambitious Drug Pricing Bill

  • “Today marks the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Former president Barack Obama praised the sweeping health-care law and criticized GOP governors who didn’t embrace its Medicaid expansion, in a virtual event organized by the Democrat-aligned group Protect Our Care.”

CNN: Biden’s Moves on Obamacare Attract New Signups — and a Second Look From Red States

  • “Former President Barack Obama spoke Monday about how the Affordable Care Act has benefited Americans and how the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion relief package, which Biden signed into law earlier this month, has strengthened the law.”

The Hill: Obama Ties Biden Priorities to ObamaCare Anniversary: ‘We’ve Still Got More Work to Do

KMJ News (Fresno, CA): Biden Moving to Bolster Obamacare Before Its 11th Anniversary

KPTM (FOX Omaha, NE): Former President Obama Marks 11th Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Protect Our Care Mark the 11th Anniversary of ACA

On the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Protect Our Care and a health care storyteller from Georgia for an online event about how the health care law has benefitted millions of Americans since its passage, and the work still needed to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. During the event, speakers covered the historic nature of the ACA, its impact on Americans’ lives, and how the law is stronger than ever after the enhancements passed in the American Rescue Plan, which further expand coverage and lower costs. You can watch the event here.

Coverage:

Bloomberg: Pelosi May Revive Drug Price Bill With Infrastructure Package

Insurance News Net: Speaker Pelosi Issues Remarks on 11th Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

The Hill: Pelosi: Drug Pricing Measure Under Discussion for Infrastructure Package

The Hill: Watch Live: Pelosi, Schumer Celebrate ACA’s 11th Anniversary

ALASKA

Thursday, March 18, 2021 — American Rescue Plan and ACA at 11 Event with State Rep. Snyder, Alaska Black Caucus President, and Advocates: State Rep. Liz Snyder, Celeste Hodge Growden, Erin Jackson-Hill, and Meda DeWitt joined Protect Our Care Alaska for a virtual press conference to highlight the impacts of the American Rescue Plan, including its historic measures to expand access to quality, affordable health care and build upon the foundation of the Affordable Care Act 11 years after the law was passed by Congress. You can watch the event here.

FLORIDA

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 — ACA Anniversary and ARP Event with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Rep. Ted Deutch, State Senator Taddeo, Florida Voices for Health, and Health Care Advocates: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, along with Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), State Senator Annette Taddeo (SD-40); Scott Darius, executive director for Florida Voices for Health; Anne Packham, marketplace project director at Primary Care Access Network; and Veronica Salsman, who was able to access affordable coverages through the ACA, joined Protect Our Care Florida for a virtual Zoom event to highlight the historic measures in the American Rescue Plan to expand access to quality, affordable health care and build upon the foundation of the ACA 11 years after the law was passed by Congress, as well as the new incentives for Florida to expand Medicaid. You can watch the event here.

Coverage:

Palm Beach Post: Ted Deutch, New HHS Chief Tout Stimulus, Call on Florida to Expand Medicaid

Florida Politics: Democrats Lobby Florida Legislature to Expand Medicaid, Grab New Federal Dollars Under COVID-19 Relief Bill

WUSF (NPR Tampa): Explaining the American Rescue Plan’s $3.5B Incentive to Expand Medicaid In Florida

WMFE (NPR Orlando): Explaining the American Rescue Plan’s $3.5B Incentive to Expand Medicaid In Florida

WLRN (NPR South Florida): Expanding Medicaid 

WUSF (NPR Tampa): Expanding Medicaid 

GEORGIA

Monday, March 22, 2021 — American Rescue Plan and ACA Anniversary Event with Health Providers, Small Business and Health Advocates: Three Georgians from the health provider and small business and health advocate communities joined Protect Our Care Georgia for a virtual press conference to highlight the impacts of the American Rescue Plan, including its historic measures to expand access to quality, affordable health care, and build upon the foundation of the Affordable Care Act eleven years after the law was passed by Congress. You can watch the event here.

MAINE

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 — ACA at 11 Anniversary and ARP Event with Senate President Troy Jackson, Advocates, and Mainers: Lawmakers, frontline workers and advocates joined Protect Our Care Maine for a press call to highlight the impacts of the American Rescue Plan, including its historic measures to expand access to quality, affordable health care and build upon the foundation of the Affordable Care Act 11 years after the law was passed by Congress. The American Rescue Plan is the boldest expansion of health care in a decade in order to lower health care costs, expand coverage, and address inequities in care, and will have profound impacts across Maine, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate Mainers. You can listen to the call recording here.

NORTH CAROLINA

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 — ACA at 11 Anniversary and ARP Event with Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Little Lobbyists, and North Carolinians: Congressman G.K. Butterfield and North Carolina health care advocates joined Protect Our Care North Carolina for a virtual press conference to highlight the impacts of the American Rescue Plan, including its historic measures to expand access to quality, affordable health care and build upon the foundation of the Affordable Care Act 11 years after the law was passed by Congress. The new law includes over $1 billion in funding for North Carolina to expand Medicaid. You can watch the event here.

OHIO

Thursday, March 18, 2021 — American Rescue Plan and ACA at 11 Event with Hamilton County Leaders: Law enforcement, teachers, and officials in Hamilton County, Ohio joined Protect Our Care Ohio for a virtual event to highlight the impacts of the American Rescue Plan. Speakers discussed the law’s benefits for Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio, including details of state and local aid and the law’s historic measures to expand access to quality, affordable health care and build upon the foundation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) 11 years after it was signed into law. Neil Stewart, a Cincinnati public school teacher and member of Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, applauded the Democrats who voted for the rescue plan and spoke out against Republicans who rejected funding for local Ohio communities. You can watch the event here.

Coverage:

WLWT (NBC Cincinnati): Spending the Stimulus Money 

WLWT (NBC Cincinnati): Boosting Local Economy 

WKRC (CBS Cincinnati): Hamilton County Getting Nearly $160 Million From Stimulus; Leaders Creating Wish Lists

PENNSYLVANIA

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 — ACA at 11 Anniversary and American Rescue Plan Event with Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Pennsylvania Health Access Network, and Health Care Advocates: Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and Pennsylvania Health Access Network Director Antoinette Kraus joined Protect Our Care Pennsylvania and storytellers for a virtual roundtable to highlight the impacts of the American Rescue Plan, including its historic measures to expand access to quality, affordable health care and build upon the foundation of the Affordable Care Act 11 years after the law was passed by Congress. You can watch the event here.

WISCONSIN

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 — ACA at 11 Anniversary and American Rescue Plan Event with Governor Evers and Health Care Advocates Across Wisconsin: Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers joined Protect Our Care Wisconsin for a virtual conversation highlighting the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the 11 years since its passage. The Governor heard from residents from across the state who have benefited from the ACA. Gov. Evers also addressed the health care related provisions of his proposed budget – including the Badgercare expansion that would result in more than $1 billion in new savings to the state over the next biennium. You can watch the event here.

Coverage:

WEAU (NBC Eau Claire): Gov. Evers Touts BadgerCare Expansion, Health Care Access As Part of State Budget Proposal

WKOW (ABC Madison): Democrats Mark 11 Years Since Affordable Care Act Became Law

WLUK (FOX Green Bay): Gov. Evers on Affordable Care Act’s 11th Anniversary: ‘We Can’t Go Back’

WLAX Fox 25/48 (FOX La Crosse): Gov. Evers Marks 11 Years of Affordable Care Act

WisPolitics: Protect Our Care: Gov. Evers and Wisconsinites Who Benefit From the Affordable Care Act Highlighted the Impacts of the Landmark Legislation 11 Years After Passage

WFRV (CBS Green Bay): 11th Anniversary Of Affordable Care Act Passing

WSAW (CBS Wausau): Gov. Evers Discusses ACA

WLUK (FOX Green Bay): 11 Years Since ACA Signed Into Law

WISC (CBS Madison): Gov. Evers Calls to Expand Medicaid

WMSN (FOX Madison): Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

WISC (CBS Madison): 11th Anniversary of ACA Being Signed Into Law

WFRV (CBS Green Bay): 11th Anniversary of Affordable Care Act Passing

WLUK (FOX Green Bay): Gov. Evers Virtual Discussion

WLAX (FOX La Crosse): Evers Marks 11 Years of Affordable Care Act

WFRV (CBS Green Bay): 11th Anniversary of Affordable Care Act Passing

WKBT (CBS La Crosse): ACA 11th Anniversary

WEAU (NBC Eau Claire): Evers Marks 11 Years of Affordable Care Act

WSAW (CBS Wausau): Gov. Evers Discusses ACA

WLUK (FOX Green Bay): 11th Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

WISC (CBS Madison): 11th Anniversary of ACA Being Signed Into Law

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Protect Our Care Is Marking the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act With 11 Days Celebrating the Success of the Health Care Law

Eleven years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became the law of the land, and millions of people gained coverage and critical protections as a result. Among the many benefits of the health care law, the ACA introduced financial assistance to help people purchase comprehensive coverage on the individual marketplaces. The ACA marketplaces, along with the expansion of Medicaid, helped more than 20 million Americans gain coverage.

After four long years of Republican efforts to repeal and sabotage the ACA, President Biden and Democrats in Congress are now working to build on the strong foundation of the law to expand coverage, lower costs, and reduce racial disparities in health care. On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, historic legislation that includes the most significant health care expansion in a decade. The American Rescue Plan lowers premiums for people purchasing coverage through the marketplaces and expands access to financial assistance for more middle-class families. 

Thanks To The ACA:

More than 11 million people have coverage through the individual market — and this number is growing. In 2020, 11.4 million people were covered by marketplace plans. This number is growing after President Biden opened a special enrollment period (SEP) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; in just the first two weeks of the SEP, more than 206,000 Americans signed up for coverage. 

Tax credits are available to help people afford coverage. Because of the ACA, most people getting coverage on the marketplace qualify for tax credits to help pay for coverage. 9.6 million of the ACA’s 11.4 million marketplace enrollees receive premium tax credits. 

Enrollees are guaranteed comprehensive coverage. Because of the ACA, insurers have to cover what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as maternity care, prescription drugs, and substance and mental health. Additionally, these plans must cover preventive services — like flu shots, cancer screenings, contraception, and mammograms – at no cost to consumers. People who purchase ACA plans are also protected from annual and lifetime limits, and they cannot be charged more for having a pre-existing condition. 

How The American Rescue Plan Will Further Expand Coverage, Lower Costs On The ACA Marketplaces: 

Increasing financial assistance on the ACA marketplaces means more people will be able to get the affordable coverage they need during the pandemic. In addition to lowering costs for the nine million people currently receiving financial assistance on the marketplace, the American Rescue plan makes generous subsidies available to 14.9 million uninsured people, according to estimates from the Biden administration. Per the New York Times: “For someone earning over $51,000, new subsidies could lower premiums by as much as $1,000 a month in the country’s most expensive markets.” Experts have confirmed that as many as 25 million Americans stand to benefit from these changes.  

  • Guarantee coverage that costs less than 8.5 percent of income. This legislation lowers the cost of premiums for Americans purchasing coverage through the ACA marketplaces, ensuring enrollees have the option to purchase health care for less than 8.5 percent of their income for the next two years. Under current law, families earning just above 400 percent of the federal poverty level spend an average of 15 percent of their incomes on health insurance. 
  • Make coverage more affordable by temporarily expanding the eligibility for premium tax credits above 400 percent of the federal poverty level — roughly $51,000 for a single person or $105,000 for a family of four. An estimated 3.4 million people earn too much to qualify for subsidies and remain uninsured. According to estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, under the American Rescue Plan: 
    • The average 45-year-old earning $60,000 will save $86 in monthly premiums. 
    • A 60-year-old couple with a household income of $75,000 will save $1,389 in monthly premiums. 
    • A family of four with a household income of $120,000 will save $595 in monthly premiums. 
  • Improve affordability for low- and middle-income Americans by increasing the size of the tax credits for all income brackets for the next two years. This means a typical family of four with a household income of $75,000 will save $248 on monthly premiums, while a single adult earning $30,000 will save $110 per month. The Biden administration estimates that four out of five enrollees will be able find a plan for $10 or less per month after tax credits.
  • Eliminate premiums in the exchanges for people earning up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level (roughly $19,000 for a single person and $39,000 for a family of four) and for those receiving unemployment insurance in 2021. Families USA estimates that more than four million uninsured workers relying on unemployment insurance stand to benefit from this extension of premium subsidies. 

NEW VIDEO: President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, and HHS Secretary Becerra Marking 11th Anniversary of the ACA with Protect Our Care

Video Features Democratic Leaders Celebrating the ACA and the Historic Improvements in the American Rescue Plan

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Washington, DC — As the celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act wraps up, Protect Our Care released a new video featuring President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra talking about the achievements of the ACA and the latest expansions of the ACA included in American Rescue Plan. Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. After four long years of Republican efforts to repeal and sabotage the law, President Biden and Democrats in Congress are delivering on their health care promises by passing the American Rescue Plan, which builds on the strong foundation of the ACA to expand coverage, lower costs, and reduce racial disparities in health care. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Protect Our Care Mark the 11th Anniversary of ACA

ACA Provides Critical Health Care Protections, Is Invaluable Lifeline for Americans During the Pandemic

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Washington, DC — On the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Protect Our Care and a health care storyteller from Georgia for an online event about how the health care law has benefitted millions of Americans since its passage, and the work still needed to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. During the event, speakers covered the historic nature of the ACA, its impact on Americans’ lives, and how the law is stronger than ever after the enhancements passed in the American Rescue Plan, which further expand coverage and lower costs.

“For eleven years, the landmark Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage, lowered costs and secured lifesaving protections for hard-working families,” said House Speaker Pelosi. “Today, the ACA stands as a great pillar of economic and health security for the American people, alongside Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Democrats will continue to work For The People to build on the Affordable Care Act to lower health costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans. On this anniversary, Democrats renew our commitment to strengthen and expand the ACA’s lifesaving protections – because quality, affordable health care must be a right, not a privilege, for all.”

“Today, on the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, we can proudly say our health care law is better and stronger than ever!” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “The ACA has meant the difference between life and death for millions of people across the country. Because Democrats fought for this law, Americans can’t be denied coverage or dropped by their insurance company if they have a pre-existing condition. Democrats are building on the strong foundation of the ACA with the American Rescue Plan, which includes the most significant health care expansion in a decade, and we will continue working to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care.”

“Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer worked tirelessly to pass and protect the Affordable Care Act — and now the American Rescue Plan. Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan without a single Republican vote even though the law enjoys overwhelmingly bipartisan support among voters,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “The American Rescue Plan is the boldest expansion of health care in a decade and has historic provisions to reduce premiums for millions of Americans, including those who lost their jobs during the pandemic, and invest in addressing racial disparities in our health care system. The Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan are changing people’s lives by making sure they can get the health care they need, and Protect Our Care looks forward to working with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer to pass legislation that reduces prescription drug costs and further expands coverage.” 

“For the past 11 years, the ACA has been a tremendous lifeline for me because I’ve lived the last decade and then some with several pre-existing medical conditions that range across the spectrum of autoimmune illnesses, and President Biden signing the American Rescue Plan has given me new hope,” said Himali Patel, a Georgia small business owner negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “With the American Rescue Plan, getting the coverage I need through the Affordable Care Act is going to be even less expensive than it was before. My premiums are going down to almost zero.”

NEW VIDEO: Protect Our Care Releases New Video Featuring President Obama to Recognize 11th Anniversary of the ACA

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Washington, DC — As part of celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Protect Our Care released a new video featuring President Obama praising the latest steps to improve the health care law included in American Rescue Plan and thanking President Biden and Democrats in Congress for their leadership. The American Rescue Plan is the boldest expansion of health care in a decade and includes provisions to lower costs, expand coverage, and address racial disparities in care. 

President Biden is in Ohio today highlighting how the American Rescue Plan builds on the Affordable Care Act to lower costs for middle class families. 

“The Affordable Care Act has made a huge difference in people’s lives. Because of the ACA, 20 million more people have health care coverage and 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are protected. President Biden and Democrats in Congress are now building on the strong foundation of the ACA with the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which further expands coverage, lowers health care costs, and invests in reducing racial disparities in our health care system,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “The American Rescue Plan passed without a single Republican vote, despite its overwhelming popularity with voters in both red and blue states. Democrats are delivering real pandemic relief and giving Americans access to the health care they need. We salute President Obama and President Biden for their historic leadership.”

TODAY: HHS Secretary Becerra, Governor Evers, Members of Congress, Local Elected Officials and Health Care Advocates to Mark the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and Hold Republicans Accountable for Voting Against the American Rescue Plan

***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021***

TODAY: HHS Secretary Becerra, Governor Evers, Members of Congress, Local Elected Officials and Health Care Advocates to Mark the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and Hold Republicans Accountable for Voting Against the American Rescue Plan

Washington, DC — On Tuesday, March 23, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Governor Tony Evers (D-WI), U.S. Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) and Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) along with other local elected officials and health care advocates will join Protect Our Care for events nationwide to highlight the impacts of the American Rescue Plan, including its historic measures to lower costs, expand access to quality health care, and build on the foundation of the Affordable Care Act 11 years after the law was passed by Congress.

FLORIDA

WHO:
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra
U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)
State Senator Annette Taddeo
Scott Darius, Executive Director for Florida Voices for Health
Anne Packham, Marketplace Project Director at Primary Care Access Network
Veronica Salsman, Obtained affordable coverage through the ACA
Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 AM ET

NORTH CAROLINA

WHO:
U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1)
Stacy Staggs, Director of Community Engagement, Little Lobbyists
Bethany Reeves, Health Care Advocate

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference to Discuss ACA At 11 and ARP

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23 at 10:00 AM ET

WISCONSIN

WHO:
Governor Tony Evers (D-WI)
Tina P., Resident of La Crosse
Alex T., Resident of Green Bay
Julie B., Resident of Milwaukee

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference on Health Care

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 AM CT

PENNSYLVANIA

WHO:
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Judy Kisner, Health Care Advocate
Michael Berman, Director Protect Our Care PA

WHAT: Virtual Discussion on American Rescue Plan and Affordable Care Act

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23 at 1:00 PM ET

ACA At 11: President Barack Obama Joins Protect Our Care, Health Care Storytellers to Reflect on the Success of the Affordable Care Act

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Washington, DC — Ahead of the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama joined Protect Our Care and health care advocates to discuss how the law has benefitted millions of Americans since its passage 11 years ago and the work still needed to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. The former president reflected on the ACA, which was one of the most significant legislative achievements of his presidency, and the impact of the the American Rescue Plan, which further expands coverage and lower costs. On the 11th anniversary week of the law, millions of Americans now have access to care, reduced costs, and protections for pre-existing conditions.

“The American Rescue Plan built on the success we had in 2009 and 2010. It’s consolidating, protecting, improving, and building upon the kind of health care that we need. But we’ve still got more work to do — even with the American Rescue Plan,” said President Barack Obama. “Our success in the past should not be a source of complacency, but rather an inspiration to keep going until every single person in America has the kind of coverage that they need. We are one of the few countries on Earth with this much wealth that does not provide health insurance as a just, basic right to its citizens. The Affordable Care Act, and now the America Rescue Plan, have closed that gap, but still folks are falling through cracks. It’s all of our jobs to make sure that we build on these previous successes.”

“I had the honor of serving in the Obama administration where I was responsible for helping manage the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I saw firsthand that President Obama was deeply committed to health care. He didn’t just fight to pass the ACA, he also worked tirelessly to make it a success,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “President Biden is building on the success of the ACA with the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the biggest expansion of health care in over a decade. Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan without a single Republican vote even though the law enjoys overwhelmingly bipartisan support among voters. It contains historic provisions that will reduce premiums for millions of Americans, including those who lost their jobs during the pandemic, and invest in addressing racial disparities in our health care system. The significance of the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan can’t be overstated.”

“I’m here today because Barack Obama saved my life. Four years ago, I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough, and I walked out with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Without the Affordable Care Act, I never could have afforded the six months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation it took for me to be in remission today,” said Laura Packard, stage four cancer survivor and health care advocate. “I used to have junk insurance. If I still had that insurance, today I would be bankrupt or dead. The day after my first chemotherapy session, Republicans in the U.S. House voted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and strip away the care that was keeping me alive. Not only did I have to fight cancer, but also the President and Congress just to stay alive. Thankfully, we won.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to Join Protect Our Care to Mark the 11th Anniversary of ACA

***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021 AT 3:15 PM ET // 12:15 PM PT ***

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to Join Protect Our Care to Mark the 11th Anniversary of ACA

ACA Provides Critical Health Care Protections, Is Invaluable Lifeline for Americans During the Pandemic

Washington, DC —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will join Protect Our Care and a health care storyteller from Georgia for an online event about how the Affordable Care Act has benefitted millions of Americans since its passage 11 years ago, and the work still needed to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. Speakers will discuss the historic nature of the ACA, its impact on Americans’ lives, and how the health care law is stronger than ever after the enhancements passed in the American Rescue Plan, which expand coverage and lower costs.

WHO:
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care
Himali Patel, Georgia small business owner who relies on the ACA

WHAT: Online Event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to Mark the 11th Anniversary of the ACA

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23 at 3:15 PM ET // 12:15 PM PT