Community Forum to Discuss Implications of Possible Affordable Care Act Repeal

January 5, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center (2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans)

– Over half a million Louisianans are expected to lose health insurance coverage if Republican Congress members act on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in early 2017.

Republicans have claimed they will delay the repeal for two years in order to develop a replacement to President Obama’s healthcare plan.

That’s not a viable option for the people of Louisiana, according to organizers of a community forum on the ACA repeal, scheduled for January 5th at 6:00 pm at 2022 St. Bernard Avenue in New Orleans.

“Repealing the ACA without having a well-developed replacement in effect is dangerous to the people of Louisiana and the future of our state,” said Susan Todd of 504HealthNet and one of the speakers at the upcoming event.

4.3 million people across the country are expected to lose health coverage immediately, even if the repeal is delayed, because of uncertainty and disruptions in the health system. Studies predict that those hardest hit by the repeal will be working families with low and moderate incomes.

But the effects of a repeal will be felt by everyone across Louisiana, as the state is expected to lose $26.7 billion in federal funding between 2019, when the repeal would take effect, and 2028. That will be “devastating,” according to the Louisiana Budget Project, as the state is mired in an economic downturn, faces persistent midyear deficits, and must overcome a looming $1.5 billion “fiscal cliff” in 2018.

The purpose of the January 5th forum is to arm community members with information about what an ACA repeal might mean for the state budget and, more personally, their families Panel members and the audience will also discuss ways to take action against the threatened repeal. All are welcome to attend.

Speakers at the forum will include Jan Moller from the Louisiana Budget Project, Susan Todd from 504HealthNet, and Dr. Anjali Niyogi, Clinical Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at Tulane University. Locals will also give testimony about the effects a repeal, without a viable replacement, will have on their lives and businesses.

The event is sponsored by the Louisiana Budget Project, 504HealthNet, Jesuit Social Research Institute, the Advocacy Center, and Voices of the Experienced (VOTE).

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