142,000 Montanans Face Uncertainty of Health Coverage With Threat of ACA Repeal
Through access to health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Montana’s uninsured rate has dropped from
20% in 2012 to 7.4% in 2016, with thousands of Montanans accessing health coverage through the health marketplace. Congress and President-elect Trump, however, have stated their intent to repeal the ACA in early 2017, without simultaneously putting in place any replacement. This effort could have disastrous impacts on Montana, leading to 142,000 fewer Montanans with health coverage than if health reform were left in place. At the greatest risk are the over 61,000 Montanans who gained access to affordable health care coverage through Montana’s Medicaid expansion plan.
In the past six years, 12.8 million Americans have gained access to health care coverage. Repealing the ACA without including a clear replacement that ensures continued access to care poses a significant threat to the economy, and creates uncertainty for millions of Americans.