The House of Representatives will vote on the ACA repeal on THURSDAY MORNING. If you haven’t already called your U.S. Representative (and even if you have), the time to call is RIGHT NOW. We need people flooding the phone lines to halt the American Health Care Act TODAY. Here are a few facts from the Utah Health Policy Project to show you why.
How the AHCA will hurt Utah families:
- Makes 52 million Americans uninsured by 2026 – according to CBO report
- Reduces financial assistance for tens of thousands of Utah families by replacing income-based subsidies with age-limited tax credits
- Fact: Under the repeal bill, a Utah family of 4 in their 30s earning $120,000 a year will pay LESS in premiums than same family making $40,000
- Raises doctor co-pays and deductibles for 72% of Utahns enrolled in marketplace insurance by eliminating cost-sharing assistance
- Spikes insurance premiums by 20-30% for older Utahns [age 40+]
- Penalizes Utahns with a 12-month, 30% surcharge on insurance premiums if they don’t sign up—essentially a “sick penalty” because only the desperately sick will pay the extra cost
- Cuts Medicaid funding by $882 billion—leading to coverage & benefit cuts
- Repeals $1 trillion in taxes (over 10 years) on high-income earners, drugmakers, insurers, medical device makers, and executive salaries 197,187
- Funds Medicaid in block grants, meaning there will be a cap on the federal funding for Medicaid to each state no matter how many participants are enrolled, leaving states to foot the rest of the bill or deny treatment and services
These are the Utahns at risk for losing their health coverage:
- Utahns covered by ACA marketplace insurance this year—up 12.3% (including the nation’s highest percentage of children: 25% of Utah kids are enrolled in ACA coverage)
- Utah communities with the highest ACA enrollment totals, including Lehi, South Jordan, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, St. George, and Draper.
- 400,000 Utahns—mainly kids, pregnant women, and people with disabilities— who will see drastic cuts to Medicaid coverage and benefits
- 167,000 Utahns who currently receive premium subsidies based on their income and family size–reducing their monthly insurance costs
- 142,000 Utahns who depend on the ACA’s cost-sharing reductions to limit their doctor office co-pays and annual deductibles
- Anyone who drops or loses employer-based insurance and waits more than 63 days to enroll again—penalized with a 30% premium surcharge for 12 months
Rep. Stewart and Rep. Love have both confirmed that they plan to vote YES on the ACA repeal (AHCA). It’s not too late to change their minds! Rep. Bishop and Rep. Chaffetz have both said they remain “undecided” about the AHCA. District 1 and District 3 constituents — we need you to call your reps immediately!
CALL TO ACTION
- FLOOD THE PHONE LINES – Call your U.S. Representative TODAY to ask them to oppose the AHCA. Be sure to tell them you are a constituent, leaving your name and address with zip code. Tell them how cuts to Medicaid will effect you or your loved ones and why the ACA is important to you. Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Check here.
- Too timid to make a call? Send a message to your rep online through this ABU form, trending now on our Petitions, Petitions! page.
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (UT)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)