Don’t Leave the Poor Behind and Uninsured During Pandemic

Target: Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Close the Medicaid gap and ensure healthcare access for poor Americans.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare marketplace coverage (with enhanced benefits) has been opened up for a special extended period. The renewed window of opportunity should mean that more Americans have access to health insurance during this critical time. Yet for the poorest individuals and families, affordable healthcare remains as elusive as ever.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states are given incentives to expand Medicaid coverage for the lowest-income Americans. As a result, ACA marketplace plans do not offer any subsidies (financial assistance) for Americans at the lowest poverty level. These individuals should in theory be covered by Medicaid. But in roughly 15 states, governments opted not to expand coverage to non-disabled adults living below the poverty level.  Making matters worse, these individuals are likewise unable to get federal aid on ACA plans that often carry a monthly premium well beyond their means. Because of this disparity, the Medicaid gap was born, leaving millions with no real option for affordable health insurance.

Even in the midst of the pandemic, Congress has not closed this gap. The special enrollment period meant to give desperately needed aid to more Americans still cannot provide help to those who may need it most. Sign the petition below to demand Congress end this inequity and ensure quality healthcare for the poorest Americans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Schumer,

To date, nearly a third of states have refused to expand Medicaid coverage. This hall of shame includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. Citizens of these states living below the poverty level are stuck between the perennial rock and a hard place in regards to health insurance options.

Medicaid will not cover these individuals. The Affordable Care Act offers no subsidies to them, even though they arguably need the help most. During the special enrollment period, expanded coverage apparently means expanded access for higher income earners. As things stand now, you are leaving millions of Americans to fend for themselves in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and in the wake of unprecedented economic turmoil. Please put a stop to this injustice.

Close the Medicaid gap by enhancing aid for the lowest-income Americans under the Affordable Care Act.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Everywhere on the planet feel the same I’m in The US and I have a catering company We used to supply Schools, Weddings, Corporates events like conferences and pieces of training, etc, Our sales dropped by more than 85% I kept paying my employees for 6 months from my own personal savings because they are valuable to me, they r my team and they started with me from scratch, I had to apply for a loan to keep paying their wages but eventually, I had to let half go and I feel heartbroken ever since, they have families and kids .. I’m on the edge of Bankruptcy and fighting day to day to keep floating but every day it’s getting harder no matter what measures I take to stimulate the sales. I believe we r heading into a nasty great depression on a global scale. Very painful days ahead.

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