New York State has made breast cancer and prostate cancer screenings free.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is at grave risk. The new President and Congress want to repeal this major law that has provided health insurance coverage to over 20 million previously uninsured Americans.
In New York State, over 3.5 million people have enrolled through New York State of Health, the state’s health insurance exchange set up under the ACA. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers were insured for the first time. Many have had their first mammogram, countless lives have been saved, and hundreds of thousands have gained Medicaid coverage. Children can remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, much to the relief of working parents. These are just some of the huge gains working families realized under the ACA.
Community groups, healthcare advocacy groups, and others attend the ACA summits in Brooklyn and Queens (top) and Staten Island (bottom) organized by HEP and its allies. Summits were held statewide.
The draft replacement proposal released by House Republicans is, as feared, a bad deal for New York, and for working-class and poor Americans. Here are some of its key provisions:
The Healthcare Education Project (HEP) and its community allies and partners who have fought for affordable and quality healthcare know what we need to do to protect the most vulnerable New Yorkers. So what is our plan and what can we do together?