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Fight Repeal! Graham-Cassidy Bill Presents New Threat to the ACA.

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is back. A legislative proposal introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy to repeal Obamacare may go to a vote before the end of the month. The Graham-Cassidy bill would end subsidies to help consumers pay for private insurance and would roll back the Medicaid expansion. States would receive lump-sum payments to put towards health care instead, but overall funding would greatly decrease. The effects of this bill would be similar to that of the other failed repeal attempts: millions would lose health insurance and health care costs... Read more »

The House voted to repeal the ACA but we can stop this in the Senate: Join Our Friends and Family Campaign!

The US House of Representatives just voted in favor of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The American Health Care Act will make massive cuts to Medicaid and rip up the insurance protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - but we're not giving up. Now the bill moves to the Senate, where we can still win this fight.  All Senators, regardless of their public position on AHCA, need to hear from their constituents now. In Massachusetts, we are fortunate that our Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren are firmly opposing this effort, but we can still play an important... Read more »

Health Care For All Letter to Senate Finance Committee in Opposition to Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Proposal

The Graham-Casidy proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act seems to have stalled, with Republican senators expressing public opposition, but the defeat of repeal isn't guaranteed.  Public pressure needs to be maintained to keep these senators accountable and to pressure other senators to join in opposing the Graham-Cassidy plan.  Read more »

Obamacare is in real danger. Act now!

Vox just published an article reporting that the U.S. Senate is getting close to enough votes to repeal the ACA, and pass a health care plan that would be devastating for Massachusetts and the rest of the country.   Read more »

Required Reading in Today's Globe

We urge you today to read the following articles that were recently published on the Boston Globe. Read more »

Almost 370,000 Massachusetts residents would lose health coverage under ACA repeal

It would be a disaster if the ACA were repealed, almost 370,000 Massachusetts residents would lose health coverage in 2019. Read more »

Our Health Is Threatened: Fight By Our Side

The election puts at risk the coverage of some 22 million people nationally who depend on the Affordable Care Act for their health insurance. What about us here in Massachusetts? Our reforms predated the ACA. Yet repealing the ACA would be devastating. It substantially strengthened our ability to provide affordable coverage. Over 300,000 adults are enrolled in MassHealth and an additional 180,000 in Connector Care directly under provisions of the ACA. 480,000 of us and our neighbors. Because of the ACA, we’ve been able to provide premium assistance for more people, allow children to remain on... Read more »

What Two Massachusetts Advocates Learned at the State of Enrollment Conference

“We have succeeded in covering millions of people – now we have to keep them covered” was a message we heard numerous times throughout Enroll America’s State of Enrollment conference.  The days at #SOE2014 were jam-packed with informative workshops and plenaries offering innovative, creative, and experience-driven ideas about how to successfully engage the remaining uninsured and keep those that have enrolled covered. And we know Navigators, Certified Application Counselors (CACs), and other assisters will be critical to ensuring this work is done and done right! Here are some of our key... Read more »

Health reform for the long haul - Chip's perspective

Our friend and Board member Chip Joffe-Halpern wrote a column for the Berkshire Eagle (State health reform for the long haul), explaining some of the challenges and successes in Massachusetts’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Chip runs Ecu-Health Care, a non-profit which helps the uninsured and underinsured residents of North Berkshire access affordable health care. His op-ed today puts into context where we are, and where we are going. He concludes that, “Massachusetts has implemented policies that go beyond the federal guidelines and will more effectively achieve the objectives of... Read more »

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