Less coverage, higher cost
From the Office of the Governor:
Under the proposed Republican American Health Act, there will be more uninsured Washingtonians than before the Affordable Care Act was implemented with working families in rural communities and low-income seniors hardest hit, a new state analysis finds.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler highlighted some of the proposal’s negative impacts on Washington state in a call today with reporters.
“If you thought a simple repeal of the ACA would be bad, this proposal is actually worse. We have made huge strides in health insurance coverage in this state and we cannot go back,” Inslee said. “All communities in Washington will be impacted by huge decreases in coverage at a greater cost.”
The impact on Washington would be severe:
- 700,000 people will lose coverage (600,000 through Medicaid, up to 100,000 in the individual health insurance market)
- The uninsured rate will go up from 5.8 percent to 15 percent — higher than before the ACA and higher than projections of ACA repeal with no replacement
- To cover those losing Medicaid coverage would cost the state $1.3 billion per year by 2023 ($1.8 billion by 2028)
- A new penalty is put in place when a consumer or patient tries to purchase insurance after a break in coverage.