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United Way for Southeastern Michigan works to achieve greater quality of life for our community, and access to healthcare is essential in reaching this goal. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, more than 800,000 Michigan residents have gained essential health coverage.

Nearly half of that increase was the result of a bi-partisan effort led by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013, which expanded Michigan’s Medicaid program using ACA funds. Now, an effort is under way in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act which, without a thoughtful replacement, would effectively end health coverage for millions of Americans.

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed:

  • 887,000 Michigan residents would lose coverage by 2019
  • Insurance companies could deny coverage based on preexisting conditions
  • Lifetime caps could be reinstated, severely limiting care for those with chronic illness
  • Michigan would lose $38.2 billion in federal funding and pay more in uncompensated care costs
  • Nearly 376,900 Michigan residents would lose coverage due to the elimination of the Medicaid expansion for low-income adults made possible by ACA
  • Low- and moderate-income working families in Michigan would lose substantial financial assistance that is now available to help them pay their premiums and cost-sharing for insurance purchased in a marketplace 
  • Nationwide, the number of uninsured Americans would rise by 18 million within a year of the repeal, with that number rising to 32 million by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office.