Vox: How Obamacare saved Detroit

Posted on July 25, 2017

As efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, continue in Washington D.C., MHA Chief Innovation Officer & Senior Vice President Laura Appel was interviewed by Vox about the ACA’s positive impact on cities like Detroit.

Laura AppelThanks to coverage expansion under the ACA and the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, Detroit’s uninsured rate fell from 22 percent in 2013 to 7.4 percent in 2016, according to the report. Repealing the ACA and Medicaid expansion would jeopardize that access to care, which has reduced uncompensated care costs and improved the health status of Michiganders who couldn’t afford health insurance in the past.

“We would immediately lose coverage for hundreds of thousands of people,” said Appel. “We try to point that out every moment we can.”

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Tags: ACA, Healthy Michigan Plan, ACA repeal and replace, BCRA

Posted in: MHA In The News

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