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Finally: Good News on Health Care

By Amelia Kegan, October 19, 2017

President Trump made a decision last week that could throw health insurance markets into chaos – but it’s not over yet. A new bipartisan deal is our best chance to make sure millions can access health care.

Will you call your members of Congress today and urge them to support the bipartisan Alexander-Murray health care deal?

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that wreaks havoc on individual insurance markets by ending subsidies to insurers that enable low-income individuals to afford health coverage and care, causing some healthy people to leave the marketplace. With fewer subsidies and a sicker pool of people to cover, some insurers would likely drop out of the individual marketplace or potentially raise premiums by 25% or more.

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have been working together to move health care in a better direction. This week, they announced a bipartisan deal to shore up the insurance markets, improving access and affordability for millions of people. Their deal would continue subsidies for another two years, restore outreach and enrollment funding to help more people sign up under the Affordable Care Act, and give some additional flexibility to states. This deal isn’t perfect, but it is a positive and significant step.

The bipartisan health care deal will help millions of people afford health insurance over the long term.

This is an important piece of legislation. It will help stabilize the insurance markets, which is desperately needed, especially after President’s Trump executive order.

But it is also an important shift in the conversation on Capitol Hill. This is a needed bipartisan step towards positive legislation and away from attacks to Medicaid and the ACA.

This bipartisan effort is incredibly fragile. Members of Congress need to hear an outpouring of support from their constituents that this is the direction they need to take on health care. Please call today.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.