Commissioner Jones issues statement on House Republican ACA repeal proposal
News: 2017 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement after the House Republicans issued their proposal related to Repeal and Replace of the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“The House Republican ACA repeal proposal is bad for Californians and all Americans. Today, we have the lowest uninsured rate in our nation’s history. The House GOP proposal would reverse much of the progress we’ve made. When it comes to making sure that the same number of Americans is insured, at the same level of affordability and with at least the same benefits, the GOP proposal fails on all counts.
The GOP proposal would narrow Medicaid eligibility in future years, denying childless adults the ability to enroll in coverage. It shifts billions of dollars in costs for Medicaid to California. The health and economic security of tens of millions of Americans is threatened by the GOP repeal and replace proposal. Under the GOP proposal, federal Medicaid assistance to states is capped, as are the tax credits available to working families and the cost-sharing assistance enjoyed by half of those getting a premium subsidy through Covered California is eliminated entirely.
The GOP proposal will put coverage out of reach for some families who have coverage today and shift billions of dollars in costs to the states. The House Republican bill will expose older Californians to substantially increased insurance premiums. The GOP proposal is also an attack on the millions of Americans who receive essential preventative health care services from Planned Parenthood and would result in an increase in unintended pregnancies and abortions. The House Republican proposal will deprive many Californians of coverage they need to prevent or fight illness and create significant financial burdens for others.”
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $394 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.