Las Vegas, NV – Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange released the following statement marking six years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law:
“Six years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, a monumental step towards ensuring all Nevadans have access to quality health care. Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate is at an all-time low because 20 million more Americans now have access to health care. More than 1 million Nevadans now can’t be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, young adults under 26 can stay on their parents’ health plans, and lifetime and annual limits on insurance coverage are a thing of the past. The facts are the facts and the numbers don’t lie: six years later, the Affordable Care Act is working for Nevadans.
“All along, Republican critics have made dire predictions about the Affordable Care Act destroying our economy, but they’ve been proven wrong by the reality of six straight years of private-sector job growth. Whether it’s Donald Trump’s incoherent health care repeal “plan” or Ted Cruz’s dangerous shutdown tactics, the Republican Party’s presidential candidates have made clear they will champion the GOP’s ideological crusade against health care reform. Up and down the ballot, Democrats will hold Republican candidates accountable for using the health and economic security of Nevada families as a political football.”
Here’s how the Affordable Care Act is working for Nevada:
- The uninsured rate has improved from an estimated 25 percent in 2012, one of the worst in the country, to 14.5 percent last year.
- As many as 1.1 million Nevadans with a pre-existing health condition are now protected against coverage denials and reduced benefits.
- Under Medicaid expansion, 263,956 Nevadans have gained Medicaid or CHIP coverage.
- During the open enrollment period for 2016 coverage, 88,145 people in Nevada selected a plan through the Marketplace, and 74 percent of those Nevada consumers could obtain a plan for $100 per month or less after tax credits.
- Out-of-pocket costs for preventive services like immunizations, certain cancer screenings and contraception were eliminated for 1,168,797 people in Nevada.
- Out-of-pocket costs were eliminated for 288,149 Medicare beneficiaries in Nevada for preventive services like cancer screenings and annual physicals.
- Last year, health insurers who spent too much on advertising and marketing instead of health benefits and quality of care returned $3,797,839 in rebates to 50,981 consumers in Nevada.