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HARTFORD, Conn. (July 13, 2017) – Patricia Baker, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act:
“Connecticut has made tremendous progress in expanding health care coverage to thousands of state residents as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate bill would reverse these gains and set back efforts to address other critical issues facing the health care system, including affordability and care quality.
The Senate bill would significantly reduce the amount of funding Connecticut receives for Medicaid, jeopardizing coverage for thousands of state residents. The proposal would also allow insurance companies to offer less comprehensive insurance plans, putting customers at risk of facing substantial costs if they get sick.
The Senate proposal would reduce the subsidies available to help people afford insurance if they do not receive coverage through an employer. Among other changes, the income limit to qualify for this financial assistance would be lowered from 400 percent of the poverty level of 350 percent, a change that would affect many people in a high-income state like Connecticut. As a result, a family of four with an income above $86,100 would not qualify for any financial help buying insurance – a significantly lower limit than the current $98,400.
These changes are particularly worrisome because they could reverse progress in achieving health equity. Research conducted by the Urban Institute on behalf of the foundation shows that in Connecticut, black and Latino residents, as well as young adults and those living in the state’s largest cities, would be disproportionately harmed by significant changes to the coverage made available through the Affordable Care Act.”
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