Quick signature: Tell Congress to continue to make health care more equitable and affordable!
“Being a single mom, I wouldn’t have been able to afford health insurance without the Affordable Care Act. Now, thanks to the American Rescue Plan my premium went down by $30/month!”
- Trish, mom of 2, in Raleigh, NC
Momentum is building for a better health care system! The American Rescue Plan, which passed in March, provides 14.9 million Americans with additional financial support to buy health care coverage and over half of those who enroll through HealthCare.gov will be able to buy a Silver plan for $10 or less per month. Additionally, it begins to address racial health inequities in historically uninsured communities—especially those with significant health disparities—by expanding coverage, reducing costs, and initiatives to address social determinants of health including housing, food assistance, and clean water.
The American Rescue Plan has shown us that progress is possible when it comes to reining in the high cost of health care in the United States. We need Congress to capitalize on that momentum and take further action to lower health care costs across the board for our families.
What’s happening? The American Rescue Plan was a great step in the right direction to reduce health care costs, expand access to insurance coverage, and address health care disparities. In fact, it was the largest expansion of health care coverage since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2009. But there is still much work to be done to make sure that everyone in the United States is able to access quality, affordable, culturally competent care. Right now, Congress has the chance to take bold leadership and make legislative changes that would re-imagine our health care system in a more fair, just, and equitable way.
The time is NOW to make sure the nearly 30 million uninsured people under the age of 65 in the U.S. have health care coverage. Most of those who are uninsured have at least one worker in their household and lack coverage because the cost is still too high. In addition, health disparities for families of color, and people who are LGBTQ+ or have a disabling condition must also be addressed. This will not only help people individually and make for a more equitable health care system, but it will also improve the overall quality of care and population health.
When you click to take action today, you’ll be able to sign on to our petition that reads:
The American Rescue Plan was a great first step to begin to rein in health care costs and make our health care system more equitable, but there is still much work that needs to be done. We ask you to take big, bold, and powerful action to transform our health care system so that it works well for all of our families. This means:
- Reducing health care costs across the board, including pharmaceutical prices, so that every person has access to the care they need.
- Centering and ensuring equitable access to quality, culturally competent care in all of your decisions.
- Addressing health care disparities for communities of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, and those living with a disabling condition or who are medically fragile.
- Eliminating the Medicaid “coverage gap” and enrolling people who are uninsured automatically into a public health care plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that each person’s individual health impacts the health of our communities. Everyone should have access to quality, affordable, culturally competent health care and we need you to take action. Our health, the health of our families, and the health of our nation cannot wait.