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Improving and expanding access to coverage

With more than 90 percent of Americans having health coverage, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies believe there is a foundation on which to build a stronger and more equitable health care system that will allow the nation to achieve universal coverage while reducing consumer costs.

We believe everyone should have access to health care, no matter who you are or where you live or what your health status may be. To ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable coverage, lawmakers must build on what’s working in our current system to give people the choices they need at a price they can afford.

Nearly 20 MILLION PEOPLE have gained coverage under the ACA. 

Source: "Key Facts about the Uninsured Population." Kaiser Family Foundation. December 2019.

 

86% of marketplace enrollees RECEIVE TAX CREDITS to help them afford coverage. 

Source: Marketplace Effectuated Enrollment and Financial Assistance. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2020.   

39 STATES have expanded Medicaid. 

Source: Status of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions: Interactive Map. Kaiser Family Foundation. Oct. 21, 2020.

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Build on what we have to cover everyone

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WE SUPPORT KEY STRATEGIES TO LOWER COSTS AND HELP PEOPLE OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN COVERAGE

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CAP FAMILY PREMIUM COSTS

Permanently adjust tax credits and reduce cost-sharing to help more people afford coverage and access medical care. 

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CLOSE THE LOW INCOME COVERAGE GAP

Provide enhanced federal funding for remaining states to expand Medicaid.

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ENROLL PEOPLE AUTOMATICALLY

Automatically enroll and renew uninsured people who are eligible for coverage in Medicaid or no-cost ACA marketplace plans.

Learn more about what we recommend to achieve universal coverage, reduce costs and promote greater heath care equity.

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