This group is engaging with other local groups to:
- Develop a community conversation around quality affordable healthcare for all Americans,
- Identify opportunities to stand up for and make our voices heard in support of supporting the principles and goals that were the objectives of the Affordable Care Act,
- Identify and host training for activists,
- Monitor legislation in Congress and Hartford to ensure the goals of healthcare for all Americans are being met.
Join this group to remain informed about important healthcare issues and legislation that may affect them. Join us to help all our citizens stand up for this worthy goal. The group meets irregularly but communicates frequently via email, facebook and twitter.
For more info, please contact group chair: Bob Sabo
What We Believe
As Democrats and citizens, we believe that access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. While the best way to provide healthcare is open to debate, any legislative solution must ensure that all Americans have timely, affordable access to quality comprehensive health services, including preventive care, diagnostic tests and screenings, emergency, outpatient, and acute care that includes guaranteed access to the 10* essential health benefits.
Any replacement must achieve what the ACA provided:
While not perfect, the ACA is working and having a real impact.
- The ACA has had a 3-pronged effect on healthcare in America.
- It has greatly increased affordable access to healthcare for large numbers of previously un- and under- insured Americans under age 65,
- It has improved healthcare quality and the patient experience,
- It has kept healthcare costs from rising and increased competition in healthcare markets serving a critical mass of insured people.
- The ACA greatly reduced barriers to healthcare for low and moderate income under-insured and un-insured population.
- Subsidized the cost of monthly premiums for lower and middle income households
- Expanded Medicare eligibility to give access to healthcare to persons who were un-insured or under-insured, and who could not consistently afford insurance premiums
- Eliminated restrictions on purchasing insurance for people with pre-existing conditions (including pregnancy)
- Eliminated annual claim limits on health services or classes of services (e.g. mental health care, addiction services)
- Eliminated gender rating of premiums — but not age rating.
- Phased out donut-hole costs for prescription drugs for Medicare-enrolled populations
- Allowed children up to the age of 26 remain on parents’ health insurance policies.
- Included reasonable and sustainable features to control spiraling health care costs and raise revenue to support the program.
*10 Essential Health Benefits – Outpatient care, Emergency Services, Hospitalization, Pregnancy/newborn care, Mental Health/Substance abuse, Prescription drugs, Rehabilitation services, Laboratory services, Wellness/preventive services, Pediatric services including oral and vision care. https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/essential-health-benefits/
This document provides links to sources of information related to the debate over the Affordable Care Act. As legislation is debated in Congress to repeal/replace/change/substitute ACA, you can stay abreast of developments on these websites.
- Politifact on healthcare issues. This is the premier fact checking website. You can look up their checks by person, issue etc. This link will take you to the Healthcare issues section. It covers more then the ACA but has many checks that cover it. http://www.politifact.com/subjects/health-care/statements/
- Kaiser Foundation – The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global health. This is the link to their ACA section – http://kff.org/tag/aca-repeal/?utm_source=web&utm_medium=trending&utm_campaign=ACA-repeal
- Healthcare.gov main site – This is the official Federal ACA website. There is a section called “About ACA” that has a good summary of the program.
- The Commonwealth Fund – The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. They are actively covering the healthcare debate and is a good source for updated coverage. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/
- The Urban Institute – The Institute was founded in 1968 to research public policy issues. They are covering developments in the healthcare area and current developments to reform Federal programs – http://www.urban.org/research-area/federal-health-care-reform
Protect Our Care Coalition (POCCT)
ACA and ACHA resource page and toolkit
The website is hosted by Universal Healthcare Foundation for the Protect our Care coaltion (https://www.protectourcarect.org/supporting-partners/)