It's an Alaskan issue.
Protect Our Care Alaska is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses from all over the state, including health care providers and professionals, students and faculty, faith leaders, non-profit organizations, and advocates. Alaskans - regardless of political persuasion or partisan ideology - have made it clear that they want a healthcare system that works for all. Alaskans want access to a reliable, affordable and quality health care system, and hope their political leaders put this goal first. The Protect Our Care Alaska coalition is calling on our elected leaders to ensure that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not repealed without a comprehensive replacement plan. Scrapping this law in its entirety without a replacement plan - a law that has helped Alaskans all over the state - would leave millions of healthcare consumers in the dark, and without access to medical care. Protect Our Care Alaska believes that having access to quality healthcare is not a political issue. It's an Alaskan value. Let’s ensure our elected leaders stand up for our values, and #ProtectOurCare.
The Affordable Care Act: Improving Healthcare for Alaskans
- Between 2013 and 2015: The number of uninsured in Alaska declined 19 percent, and for working Alaskans, the uninsured rate saw a 24 percent decline.
- Alaska’s younger population has benefited immensely from the ACA: Because of the law, children all over the state can stay on their parent’s plan until 26. After this, they qualify for special enrollment, which helps them transition into a new plan. Many of these young adults gain coverage through the healthcare Marketplace and/or Medicaid.
- Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women in Alaska were charged as much as 32 percent more than men for the same coverage.
- Approximately 159,000 Alaskans with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, and cancer have been protected, and received insurance plans thanks to the ACA.
- The ACA has ensured that Alaskan women are not charged more for their healthcare than men, simply because of their gender.
- Around 237,000 Alaskans (including 64,000 children) have had lifetime limits on their healthcare coverage disappear thanks to the ACA’s ban on these practices.
- Alaskans have received upwards of $5.4 million in refunds from plans that overcharged for premiums since the ACA took effect.
- Medicaid expansion has brought $260 million in federal money into Alaska’s economy.
- In 2016, Alaskans who enrolled in marketplace coverage (created by the ACA), receive an average advance premium tax credit of $737, which covers 85% of the total monthly premium for comprehensive coverage.
- Since 2013, more than 41,200 Alaskans have enrolled in Medicaid thanks to expansion under the ACA.
- Under the ACA, 12 million seniors nationwide have saved $26 billion dollars on drug costs because the law closed the “Medicare donut hole.” This has meant savings of an average of $2,200 per senior.