Health Care for All Assessment Act
Summary: The Health Care for All Assessment Act creates a commission to study the impact of federal repeal of the Affordable Care Act and provide recommendations for state/local action to help residents obtain or maintain affordable health insurance.
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This Act shall be called the “Health Care for All Assessment Act.”
SECTION 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE
(A) FINDINGS—The [legislature/council] finds that:
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would result in 22 million people becoming uninsured. And with a market collapse likely ensuing, an additional 7.3 million people would lose insurance, leading to a total of nearly 30 million people losing health care coverage. In fact, in our state, [NUMBER] people would likely become uninsured in the aftermath of an ACA repeal.
- The repeal of the ACA would more than double the number of people without health insurance by 2019. One in five of the non-elderly population would be uninsured, which would be more people uninsured than before the implementation of the ACA in 2009.
- About 12.9 million people would lose Medicaid or CHIP coverage as a result of the repeal of the ACA, including about [NUMBER] in our state. The repeal would disproportionately affect lower-income working families, as more than half of the people who would lose coverage under a repeal have income levels below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
- Therefore, it is only prudent for [state/city] to study and create a plan to mitigate these negative effects of the repeal of the ACA, address economic impacts, help save lives, and protect public health by suggesting and implementing solutions to this broad-scale loss of health care coverage.
(B) PURPOSE—This law is enacted to protect the health, safety and welfare of [state/city] residents.
SECTION 3. STUDY TO ASSESS THE FEDERAL REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
(A) ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION
- There is established a Health Care for All Assessment Commission.
- The commission shall consist of 11 members as follows:
[a. Two senators appointed by the President of the Senate.
- Two representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House [of Representatives].
- Seven public members appointed jointly by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House [of Representatives] including at least one member with expertise in health care finance, one member who is knowledgeable about [State’s] economy, one member who is knowledgeable about hospital administration, and one member who advocates for health care patients.]
- The public members of the commission may receive compensation for per diem or reimbursement for travel or other expenses incurred in serving on the commission.
- The House and Senate [Health] Committees shall assign committee staff to provide support services for the commission.]
- As part of its study, the commission shall conduct a series of hearings [around the state].
(B) NATURE OF THE STUDY—The study shall include:
- An assessment of the current and potential effects of health care coverage loss on the citizens, public health, and economy of the state with the repeal of the ACA.
- An estimate of the costs to the state and its citizens of adverse effects associated with the repeal of the ACA and healthcare coverage losses.
- An examination of measures that might prevent or mitigate the effects of the repeal of the ACA and healthcare coverage losses on the citizens, public health, and economy of the state.
- Recommendations for laws and regulations that may be warranted to minimize the adverse impacts in the case of the repeal of the ACA and that assist citizens in obtaining and maintaining affordable health care moving forward.
(C) REPORT—The commission shall report the results of this study, including any legislative proposals, on or before January 1, 20XX.
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
This Act shall take effect on July 1, 20XX.