Enroll for 2017, and help protect our care!
Today is the last day for people to enroll for health insurance coverage that starts on January 1. Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late! Visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. If you miss today’s deadline, you can still sign up through until Jan. 31, but your coverage won’t start until February or March.
But will your coverage be there for you, with the federal government soon to be led by politicians determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Your coverage from ACA marketplaces like healthcare.gov is safe for 2017, but beyond that, who knows?
What’s at stake for women if the ACA is repealed?
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How do we respond to the election results, and the resulting challenges to coverage for and provision of women’s and LGBTQ health care? That was the big question in the room last week, when Raising Women’s Voices regional coordinators from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C. The entire group is pictured above.
We heard from national experts on how the new Congress and President could move to repeal the Affordable Care Act quickly through a planned vote in January or early February, without presenting any viable plan for replacing it. We heard about threats to Medicaid – not only an end to the expansion that has taken place in a number of states under the ACA, but also proposals to turn Medicaid into a block grant program or per capita program that could mean less coverage for fewer low-income people. Our coordinators, including Kwajelyn Jackson from the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta (pictured at left) listened closely and had lots of questions.
We also discussed the danger to contraceptive coverage without co-pays from Tom Price, the nominee to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, and who opposes birth control. One of our RWV regional coordinators, Kathy Waligora from Everthrive Illinois (pictured at left, along with Valencia Robinson from Mississippi) described the successful drive in her state to enact legislation that provides contraceptive coverage without co-pays, and will be in place if the federal requirement is eliminated. One of Raising Women’s Voices priorities in 2017 will be replicating this work in other states, while loudly opposing any repeal of the contraceptive coverage that has been made possible by HHS implementation of the Women’s Preventive Services Amendment of the Affordable Care Act.
Clearly, we have a lot of work to do in 2017 to defend the gains we have made and protect the women, LGBTQ people and families for whom we advocate. Our regional coordinators will be taking the national strategies to defend the ACA and Medicaid back to their home states and devising the best ways for them to be engaged, with support from Raising Women’s Voices. Among those actively engaged at our convening were Sara Finger of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (shown at upper left) and Aurora Harris from the Lesbian Health Initiative in Houston, Texas (shown at lower right).