May 18, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy Health Care Reform
Today, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined New York and a coalition of several other states to file a motion to intervene in House v. Price. This case challenges whether an appropriation is necessary to continue funding the cost-sharing reduction subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More than 60 percent of Californians who are enrolled in Covered California receive cost-sharing assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments and deductibles. This funding is important to maintaining stability in the 2018 individual insurance market, which 1.5 million Californians rely on for health care coverage.
In response, California Medical Association (CMA) President Ruth E. Haskins, M.D., made the following statement:
“We applaud Attorney General Xavier Becerra for fighting to preserve cost-sharing reduction subsidies and protect the stability of California’s individual insurance market. This funding is crucial to ensure that low-income families can afford the cost of coverage, doctors’ visits and life-saving medical treatment. Without reliable funding, more than one million Californians could become uninsured, further deteriorating patient access to care and raising medical costs for all Californians. California must protect the great strides it has made to increase its insured population under the ACA.”
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