Older adults who rely on Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act can’t afford to lose critical health care, long-term services and supports that help them meet their daily needs, and consumer protections. Justice in Aging is working to push back against legislative and regulatory changes that would hurt seniors, and to keep the aging and disability network informed of the latest proposals and how any changes would impact the millions of older adults already living in or near poverty.
Repealing the ACA Hurts Seniors
Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more older adults can remain in their homes, save money on prescription drugs, and get health insurance coverage. As Congress debates repealing it, the entire health care system upon which older adults rely is at risk. Two new Justice in Aging fact sheets illustrate just some of the dangers for older adults if the ACA is fully repealed.
American Health Care Act
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the GOP’s replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act. House leadership pulled the bill from the House floor moments before a vote in March because it lacked sufficient support to pass. Members of Congress are promising to revive it. If allowed to move forward, this bill would be an all-out assault on the health and long-term care needs of older adults. It would slash Medicaid and cause older adults 55-64 to pay much more for insurance—all to cut taxes on the wealthy and pharmaceutical companies.
Fact Sheet: The Dangers of AHCA for Older Adults
Justice in Aging’s statement on AHCA defeat.
Sign-on Letter to Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi: The AHCA’s Impact on Medicare’s Finances and and Dual Eligibles
Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans
Recent months have seen increased discussion of proposals to remake Medicaid and cap federal Medicaid payments to states. Proposals to cap Medicaid funding to states, either through block grants or per capita caps, place health care for low-income older Americans at risk. Older Americans would be harmed by lost eligibility and services, unaffordable financial obligations, and a lessened quality of care.
Fact Sheet: Medicaid Funding Caps & Cuts Harm Older Women
Fact Sheet: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans
Fact Sheet: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Adults in California