As our health care system is hotly debated in the coming months and years, it’s important to let policymakers know why it’s critical to protect the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.
As the mother of a child with severe disabilities, I strongly support the ACA and Medicaid expansion.
Reforms like coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay longer on parents’ plans have helped many Americans and are extremely popular. But many may not understand the impact the ACA had on people with disabilities and their families, such as expanding programs that help states provide new or expanded home and community-based services that make it easier to receive specialized care that they need in their homes instead of an institution. These localized services may be harder or impossible to access under a new system like single-payer.
The ACA turned the insurance tide for people with disabilities, helping them be more independent, remain active community members, and supporting their parents, family members and other caregivers. Health care for the disabled is a life or death proposition, and I expect my elected officials to fight to protect progress made by the ACA and not repeal it or replace it with government-run systems.
Kelly Lynch, Helena