The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released their score, or evaluation, of the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Monday. The bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was drafted behind closed doors by a panel of 13 white, male senators. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was one member of the panel.
How the BCRA impacts Pennsylvania:
• Raises premiums by 72% on Silver level plans in Pennsylvania, the most popular plans.
• Nationwide, 22 million people will lose their health insurance. By 2026, 49 million people will be uninsured.
• People with insurance will pay more for less coverage. The bill requires insurers to cover a lower percentage of costs, which will increase premiums and deductibles for consumers.
• Cuts $772 billion from Medicaid funding and cuts federal funding for the program, permanently.
• Ends Medicaid Expansion, which has helped over 700,000 Pennsylvanians access health coverage
• People age 50 – 64 will be hit worst by cost increases. Insurers will be able to charge older consumers five times more than younger consumers.
• States can waive the ACA’s Essential Health Benefits, meaning insurers will no longer have to cover pregnancy care, mental health or substance use treatment, or even prescriptions. Waiving this provision would also repeal the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions and ban on lifetime limits, which are tied to Essential Health Benefits coverage by law.
• Bans Medicaid participants from getting family planning care at Planned Parenthood. The CBO estimates that 15% of women in the country would lose all access to family planning services.
Senate Republicans are planning to call a vote after the July 4 recess. Help us hold our senators accountable for how this bill will impact Pennsylvania!
Call Senator Toomey at one or more of his offices. Be polite, but persistent. Share your healthcare story, and explain how this health care bill will impact your friends and neighbors.
Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 224-4254
Pittsburgh Office: (412) 803-3501
Erie Office: (814) 453-3010
Philadelphia Office: (215) 241-1090
Harrisburg Office: (717) 782-3951
Johnstown Office: (814) 266-5970
Allentown Office: 1-855-552-1831 or (610) 434-1444
Wilkes-Barre Office: (570) 820-4088
Senator Bob Casey has been vocal in his opposition to the ACA repeal effort. He participated in the “People’s Filibuster” on the Capital Steps on Monday night, led by Rep. John Lewis (D, GA-5) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Call him to share your healthcare story, and explain how this health care bill will impact your friends and neighbors.
Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 224-6324 or (866) 802-2833
Pittsburgh Office: (412) 803-7370
Philadelphia Office: (215) 405-9660
Erie Office: (814) 874-5080
Harrisburg Office: (717) 231-7540 or (866) 461-9159
Northeastern PA Office: (570) 941-0930
Central PA Office: (814) 357-0314
Lehigh Valley Office: (610) 782-9470
About the Author
Cassie Narkevic is a Health Care Navigator at Consumer Health Coalition.