n4a Policy Brief: What Would ACA Repeal Mean for Older Adults, Caregivers and the Aging Network

By January 13, 2017, lawmakers in Congress took the first steps toward repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) when, four months into the current fiscal year, the House and Senate passed an FY 2017 budget resolution that included instructions to legislative committees to develop proposals to rescind key parts of the law. The resolution, which passed both chambers largely along partisan lines, makes no immediate changes to the law, but rather sets in motion the legislative process to repeal the ACA. Lawmakers have not announced details on the policies they intend to replace the ACA, but four key committees in Capitol Hill now have until January 27 to develop the legislative proposals to repeal and ultimately replace the law.
n4a has developed an issue brief that evaluates the implications that ACA repeal could have for older adults, caregivers and Aging Network entities—especially  AAAs and Title VI Native American aging programs—that serve these populations. We have also identified key issues and questions that Aging Network stakeholders and aging advocates should be asking their elected officials as ACA replacement proposals are discussed and introduced. Additionally, the issue brief highlights several comprehensive resources with more detailed information about the impacts that repealing the ACA could have on health care consumers and taxpayers. 

The full link to the brief is here: n4a.membershipsoftware.org/files/ACA_PolicyBrief_Jan2017_final.pdf    
For more information on this issue, contact Autumn Campbell (acampbell@n4a.org).

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