Healthcare Town Hall
A Town Hall style information session with Rhode Island's Congressmen about how state and federal legislation impact health insurance options for Rhode Islanders and the status of health equity in our state.
Representatives David Cicilline and Seth Magaziner will make brief remarks and answer questions about the ACA.
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March 23 marks the 13th Anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On Monday, April 3, 5:15-6:15pm, TWPEF will host a Town Hall at the United Way (50 Valley St. in Providence) with Congressman Cicilline and Congressman Magaziner to celebrate the longevity of the ACA, despite many political attacks against it. This public event seeks to provide information on the importance of the ACA in providing comprehensive coverage and more equitable access to healthcare, including reproductive care.
The ACA has been a lifeline for millions of Americans for more than a decade, proving its value during the recent pandemic more than ever before. With nearly 15 million expected to lose Medicaid coverage after the public health emergency officially ends in May, affordable healthcare in ACA marketplaces will be critical in ensuring people maintain access to affordable care.
To mark the 13th Anniversary of the ACA, we will discuss ways that the legislation has been critical for the health and well-being of Rhode Islanders; the level of coverage it provides for primary, behavioral health, and preventative care, including reproductive care; and we will discuss how the ACA has advanced health equity and how it can be preserved for the future.
Thanks to COVID-era policies such as the American Rescue Plan that further lowered costs and expanded access, the number of uninsured people in America fell to unprecedented lows last year as millions more Americans gained coverage through the exchanges and under Medicaid. Last year’s Inflation Reduction Act passed by Democrats and President Biden extended some of these policies through 2025, particularly the enhanced tax credits that make healthcare coverage more affordable for people at every income level. For the first time, upper middle income families who were previously priced out of coverage became eligible for tax credits to buy coverage. The premium tax credits cap the cost of healthcare at 8.5% of income.
Urban institute Study - The Impact of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Expiration on All Types of Health Coverage
White House Fact Sheet - Impact on Rhode Island if the ACA and Medicaid were to be gutted
Protect Our Healthcare Coalition - Fact Sheet