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The Benefits of the ACA Go Beyond Health #thanksACA

The ACA is here to stay! For the moment. People talk about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being beneficial for the health of individuals, but that is only the beginning.  There are benefits for women, hospitals, the economy, people who need mental health services, access to health care and much more! 

Maybe you know someone who quit a job they hated and started their own business because they could buy their own affordable insurance.

Maybe you know a family with a sick child who benefited from the removal of insurance spending caps.  

Maybe you know someone who was able to qualify for Medicaid and receive mental health services that allowed them to find a job and find stability in their life.

The expansion of Medicaid created the Healthy Michigan Plan and is making Michigan a better place to live. 

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P.S. Remember these days?

On the left, President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Note Rep. John Dingell on the right. On the right, Governor Snyder signs the bill authorizing the Healthy Michigan Plan.

On the left, President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Note Rep. John Dingell on the right. On the right, Governor Snyder signs the bill authorizing the Healthy Michigan Plan.

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There are so many reasons to love the ACA!  

Here are our favorite #healthpolicyvalentines as part of our #thanksACA campaign.  If you have a #thanksACA or #healthpolicyvalentine, let us know and we will add it!  

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Washtenaw County Opposes Repeal or Weakening of the Affordable Care Act

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Feb. 1 to oppose any repeal or weakening of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The resolution cited the vast number of county residents the ACA has helped, as well as the local economic opportunities it has provided.

“The Affordable Care Act is helping people – the uninsured rate in Washtenaw County has dropped by half since 2010,” says Andy LaBarre, chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. “As a community, we want to support residents’ health and productivity. Maintaining what we’ve gained with respect to affordable health coverage is one clear way to do this.”

The Affordable Care Act is helping people – the uninsured rate in Washtenaw County has dropped by half since 2010.
— Andy LaBarre, Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

The Washtenaw County Board of Health also passed a similar resolution.

“A repeal of the ACA would be detrimental to Washtenaw County in so many ways.” says Felicia Brabec, Washtenaw County Commissioner and member of the Washtenaw County Board of Health. “More people have affordable coverage, and that coverage is not necessarily tied to their employer. This encourages entrepreneurship. It also promotes preventative health care and mental health in our community.”

The Washtenaw Health Plan sent a letter encouraging the continuation of the ACA, and supporting additional efforts to strengthen access to care, to federal legislators. The Board of Commissioners also resolved to send the resolution to the federal and state legislative delegations representing Washtenaw County.

Both the resolution and the letter outline how the Affordable Care Act has benefited Washtenaw County. For example, over 16,000 individuals in Washtenaw County have enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan (the Medicaid expansion), and 13,500 have enrolled in Marketplace insurance. That is nearly one in ten Washtenaw County residents who now have insurance due to the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act also benefits those who are self-employed or whose employers do not offer them insurance, young adults up to age 26 who can stay on their parents’ health plans, and individuals with pre-existing conditions. A University of Michigan study found that the Medicaid expansion has created 30,000 jobs, and has provided $2.3 billion in economic activity across the state.

For personal testimonies of how the ACA has helped individuals locally, watch these two videos, created by the Washtenaw Health Plan and Washtenaw County Public Health, about a dance instructor and a graduate student who were able to find insurance through the ACA. 

Want to tell your story of how the Affordable Care Act helped you? Email us directly!

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