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Improving and expanding the Affordable Care Act

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies believe the Affordable Care Act provides the 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 enhance and expand the Affordable Care Act 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% 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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WE SUPPORT THREE STRATEGIES TO LOWER COSTS AND HELP PEOPLE OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN COVERAGE

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REVISE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Adjust tax credits and improve cost-sharing to help more people afford coverage and access medical care.

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REMOVE FINANCIAL BARRIERS

Establish federal funding to support cost of caring for those with significant medical needs and modernize health plans linked to health savings accounts.

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IMPROVE OUTREACH

Provide enhanced outreach, simplify enrollment and allow auto renewal to encourage people to obtain and maintain insurance.

Learn more about what we recommend to help stabilize the individual and small group markets.

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