On November 8, 2016, citizens across the country had the opportunity to cast their ballot for candidates for President and - depending on the state - in races for the Senate, House of Representatives, Governor, and various ballot initiatives. Donald Trump won the Presidency and Republicans held the majority in both the House and Senate.
The NAFC is eager to work with the incoming administration as well as members of Congress to ensure that the voices of the medically underserved and of Free and Charitable Clinics across the nation are heard.
President-elect Trump has stated that he will work with Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during his Presidency. With an average 22% increase in health insurance premiums, health insurance providers pulling out of state exchanges, and 19 states still not expanding Medicaid, there is a feeling within the incoming Administration that now is the time for a dramatic change.
It should be noted however, that the incoming Administration and the Republican members of the House and Senate now need to find a replacement plan on which they can all agree. There are already conversations on which items might remain from the ACA in the new plan, such allowing individuals to stay on their parent’s insurance plan until they are 26 years old and the prohibition of denying individuals health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition.
As plans are developed and debated, the NAFC will continue to share updated information as it comes and will continue to provide insight on how these actions might affect the medical underserved throughout the nation.
Among years of change, our clinics have worked tirelessly to continue responding to the health care needs in their communities. The NAFC and our clinics will continue to work diligently to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care. We look forward to working together with our communities and elected officials to continue building a healthy America, one patient at a time.