Medicaid expansion repeal worries Pennsylvania patients

January 31, 2017   No Comments

The Trib Live shared the stories of two consumers we’ve helped together with getting coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. From the article:

“Consumer Health Coalition, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, has helped people — including Whiting — enroll in Medicaid and individual insurance plans sold on the federal insurance marketplace at

Sally Jo Snyder, the organization’s director of advocacy and consumer engagement, said Whiting’s situation is common. Many people breathe a sigh of relief after signing up, Snyder said.

“It’s a huge exhale for them finally to be able to have coverage,” she said.”

Read the full article here:

4 Essential Things to Know about the Affordable Care Act

January 20, 2017   Comments Off on 4 Essential Things to Know about the Affordable Care Act

1. What is happening with attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Last week, the Senate and House of Representatives both passed procedural measures which will set the stage for a vote to repeal the ACA. Despite opposing the ACA since it was passed seven years ago, Republicans still have no plan for replacement. They also can’t decide on a timeline for repealing and replacing.

Future votes on the ACA will involve actual changes to the law itself. Republicans need a simple majority to defund the ACA through a budget reconciliation process. This is why our voices are essential right now!

2. What’s at stake in Pennsylvania if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?

1.1 million Pennsylvanians could lose health coverage
321,000 Pennsylvanians would lose Marketplace subsidies to lower insurance costs
603,000 people (mostly who are working) would lose Medicaid Expansion coverage
134% increased uninsured rate in Pennsylvania
$36 billion lost in federal funds for Medicaid programs.A full repeal of the ACA is expected to leave 32 million people uninsured nationwide, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and it would cost $350 billion, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

3. What can you do right now to help save the ACA?

Use our acronym: C.O.V.E.R.  M.E.

Call your elected officials now as they prepare for upcoming votes.
Find who they are and how to call here.
Organize 5 people to join you. Schedule a time to make calls together.
Voice: lift yours now and constantly. It is the most powerful tool you have.
Enroll now. The final deadline for Open Enrollment is January 31.
Real people & real stories. Share yours with friends, legislators, and with us.
Messaging. Use #SpeakOut4Health and #ProtectOurHealth. Write a letter to the editor.
Educate yourself. Stay informed and current with reliable news outlets.

4. Can people still get Affordable Care Act health insurance?

Yes! A record 11.5 million people have already signed up for Marketplace health insurance. Open Enrollment is right now, and the final deadline to sign up for coverage is Tuesday, January 31. CHC has appointments available every week, Monday through Saturday. Contact us to receive enrollment assistance.

#SpeakOut4Health Tara’s Peace of Mind

January 13, 2017   1 Comment

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Tara Sherry-Torres knows what it’s like to be uninsured. She had no health or dental insurance in her mid-20s. When she was finally able to see a dentist, she learned that her teeth were in horrible condition and she was close to having gingivitis.

Now Tara has health and dental coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, and she is dedicated to maintaining her preventative care so she doesn’t find herself in that situation again.

“It gives me peace of mind,” Tara says. “Healthy individuals make for healthy families, healthy families make for healthy communities, which ultimately makes a healthy world.”


The ACA requires insurance companies to cover the full cost of preventive care.
Join the fight to protect our care. Make your voice heard. Get involved. Share your story



#SpeakOut4Health: Robert Wants to Live

January 10, 2017   Comments Off on #SpeakOut4Health: Robert Wants to Live


Robert Paradise was unable to afford his own health insurance before the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

When he seriously cut his hand while working on a construction project, he knew it needed stitches. He was uninsured, so he avoided going to the doctor and instead asked a friend to help him close the wound with bandages.

Now Robert has health coverage through the ACA. As someone who works in construction, he can do his job better if he knows he’s protected in case of unexpected injuries.

“If something happens to me, I’ll be taken care of,” Robert said. “It’s one less thing to stress about.”

Help us to continue fighting to protect the ACA and sharing essential stories like Robert’s. 

What you can do: Call 1-888-897-9753 and tell your senators to vote NO on ACA repeal. 

Share your story and #SpeakOut4Health.



#SpeakOut4Health: Ali’s Start-up Story

December 23, 2016   Comments Off on #SpeakOut4Health: Ali’s Start-up Story



Mary Shapiro rallied together with Consumer Health Coalition on a cold day outside Senator Pat Toomey’s office to tell her daughter Ali’s story last week.

Mary’s daughter Ali was diagnosed with the cancer Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 13 years old. Today Ali is 38 years old and a successful business owner.

Without the Affordable Care Act, Ali would not be able to find health insurance she can afford,” Mary said.

Due to Ali’s pre-existing condition, health coverage was an important consideration when she decided to branch out and start her own business. The Affordable Care Act protected her.

“It helped Ali afford the lean years of a start-up, and she would not be able to be the successful businesswoman she is today without the Affordable Care Act,” Mary said.

“Ali understands there are frustrations with the Affordable Care Act, but it would be best for all Americans if Congress viewed it as one of America’s greatest start-ups,” said Mary. “All entrepreneurs know that the first version of your offering isn’t perfect. There’s an expectation you’ll evolve your offerings by learning from the market how to improve, not just kill a business idea out of the gate when it has had considerable effectiveness.”

Mary delivered Ali’s story to Senator Toomey to ask him to represent her needs and make sure we do not lose the necessary protections of the ACA.

Help us to continue the work of advocating and sharing essential stories like Ali’s.
Share your story or donate today.


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