Call Today to Save Our Health Care & Say No to AHCA ~ National Call-In Day 6/14

Call Today to Save Our Health Care & Say No to AHCA ~ National Call-In Day 6/14

Join us and advocates, organizations, agencies and people around the country in calling your Senators today to demand they say NO to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and protect our health care. To reach your Senators, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224‐3121. Ask them to demand the legislation be made public and that public hearings are held. The Senate plans to fast-track this bill and vote before July 4th.

The AHCA would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans and the devastating impacts on many older adults in particular are disturbing. Some examples from a recent AARP fact sheet include:

  • The bill unfairly penalizes older Americans with an Age Tax.  The bill discriminates against 6.1 million Americans ages 50-64 in the individual (non-group) health insurance market by allowing insurance companies to charge older people five times or more what others pay for the same coverage. At the same time, it significantly reduces tax credits now available to lower and middle-income older persons to help pay premium costs.
  • The Age Tax would significantly increase premiums.
    • A 55-year-old Californian earning $25,000 annually could see her premium increase by as much as $8,598.
    • A 64-year-old Californian earning $25,000 annually could see his premium increase by as much as $14,133.
  • Californians simply cannot afford to pay the higher premiums.

    • In 2015, half of all Californians ages 50-64 buying insurance in the individual market have incomes of $22,685 or less a year.
  • The bill removes protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. It would allow insurance companies to once again charge higher premiums based on a person’s health condition (known as medical underwriting), significantly raising premiums and making health care unaffordable.
    • About 2,616,077 (or 37 percent of) 50-64 year olds in California have a preexisting condition

TODAY, June 14, is a National Call-In Day to save health care. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224‐3121 NOW, and tell a Senator to vote no on the AHCA. (If the line is busy, you can call your Senator’s local state line).

Thank you in joining in the critical effort to stand for affordable and accessible health care for Americans young and old.

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Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.