The Latest On Repeal and Replace Efforts!
That is the name of our strategic plan to address what has been dubbed the “repeal and replace” agenda to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – also known as the ACA or Obamacare, and replace it with GOP sponsored legislation know as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House, and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) in the Senate.
One of our goals at Consumer Health First is to keep our readers informed and to provide you with information you can use. We've pooled as many resources as possible to provide you with the most up to date, accurate, and clearest picture of how this legislation will affect Maryland and Marylanders.
Here you will find a variety of resources and articles related to threats to the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, and health care reform in general. Each section is broken out by topic, and then listed chronologically, with the latest news at the top of each section. Click on the following links to access your topic of interest:
The Impact on Maryland:
- AHCA and BCRA Impact in Maryland - outlines how the AHCA and BCRA would affect Marylanders with Medicaid, Medicare, individual market insurance, and those with substance use disorders, as well as the impact on Maryland's hospitals and economy.
- ACA vs. BCRA Tax Credits and Premiums - using Kaiser Family Foundation data, this shows the impact of the BCRA on premiums and tax credits at the bronze and silver level, by age and income, for each Maryland county.
- Effects of the BCRA on the Uninsured Rate in Maryland - using data from the Urban Institute, this shows the projected change in the number of uninsured children and the number of uninsured non-elderly adults, by race/ethnicity.
- Summary Impact of the Senate Healthcare Legislation on Maryland - This document from Senator Chris Van Hollen's office summarizes the impact of the BCRA on cost, coverage, and consumer protections.
- Impact of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in Maryland - Published by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Democrats & House Committee on Energy and Commerce Democrats, this report shows that Maryland received more than $16 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund in FY16. If repealed, Maryland will lose $84 million over a five-year period.
- Impact on Coverage and Federal Subsidies and Support - This Maryland Hospital Association document shows the loss of federal subsidies and Medicaid funding through 2026.
- Impact of the American Health Care Act on Maryland - a fact sheet from AARP showing how the bill will impact older adults in Maryland.
We will continue to update this page, but we welcome your comments and submissions. We also encourage you to provide us with stories – your own or those of the populations you serve – that will illustrate the devastating impact of any repeal or replace efforts. Email us, or submit your story here. Consumer Health First is dedicated to maintaining the advances we've made on access to equitable, affordable, health care for all in Maryland. When you share one of our links, be sure to add the hashtag #HealthCareKeepIt!