Affordable Care Act: No Repeal Without Replacement
As the President and Congress consider the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), representing New York’s not-for-profit hospitals and their affiliated nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices, is urging that any consideration of ACA repeal must ensure replacement would be simultaneous and meaningful for patients in the form of affordable, robust, and continuous health coverage at least as expansive as under ACA; for the State of New York and its localities that jointly support Medicaid; and for hospitals and health systems that need predictable and reasonable public and private coverage policies and appropriate payments to continue the transformation of the healthcare system, safeguarding access to care for all New Yorkers.
Repeal of ACA without simultaneous, meaningful replacement would upend coverage for millions, destabilize insurance markets, cause a fiscal crisis for the state and localities, and profoundly undermine the ability of hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices to transform care, harming their core mission of access to quality care for all New Yorkers.
Contact your members of Congress and tell them to protect healthcare in New York by ensuring a meaningful plan for ACA replacement is fully developed prior to repeal.
Five Reasons Why ACA Should Not Be Repealed before a Replacement Plan Is in Place
1. Lost Healthcare Coverage
Nearly three million New Yorkers will lose healthcare coverage, with dire consequences for individuals and families.
2. Higher Insurance Costs
Subsidies to insurers will disappear, forcing them to raise premiums for everyone — including New Yorkers who weren’t part of Aca.
3. Fiscal Crisis for State and Local Governments
County governments would have to foot more of the bill for Medicaid.
4. State Budget Deficits
New York State could lose $5.7 billion annually, forcing cutbacks in state programs and services, including support for schools.
5. Dire Financial Problems for Local, Not-for-Profit Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Home Health Agencies, and Hospices
For example, when patients lose health care coverage they often come to the hospital emergency room for care. Hospitals will continue to provide care, but face mounting costs when bills go unpaid. Hospitals struggle financially when coverage is lost.