ROSEN CALLS OUT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR ABANDONING HEALTH CARE OUTREACH TO LATINO COMMUNITY
LAS VEGAS, NV - Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen released the following statement after a new report revealed that the Trump administration is continuing to sabotage the Affordable Care Act by abandoning Latino outreach programs that help educate the community about how to get health insurance through the ACA.
“I am appalled by how low the Trump administration is willing to go to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and undermine access to health care,” said Rosen. “These educational and outreach programs to promote enrollment have helped make enormous progress in driving down the uninsured rate for Nevada’s Latino community. President Trump’s decision to stop collaborating with Latino partner groups on expanding health care access continues a pattern of this White House ignoring and alienating the Latino community.”
BACKGROUND: President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is breaking with precedent by refusing to work with the Latino Affordable Care Act Coalition to help sign up new ACA enrollees as open enrollment approaches. The Latino Affordable Care Act Coalition is a group of organizations that has worked with HHS and the White House since 2013 to develop education and outreach campaigns aimed at helping Latinos sign up for ACA-based health insurance. The uninsured rate for working-age Latinos has dropped from 43.2 percent in 2010 to 24.8 percent in 2016, a larger decrease than any other ethnic group.
President Trump has repeatedly declared his intention to force the ACA to implode, which since has been manifested in artificial uncertainty around Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments necessary to stabilize the health insurance market and lower premiums for consumers.
Congresswoman Rosen is a co-sponsor of the Marketplace Certainty Act, a bill that would immediately address market instability by helping control costs and keep insurers from exiting the Silver State Health Exchange. The bill funds CSR payments provided by the Affordable Care Act, which would help drive down premiums and make insurance plans more affordable for middle class families.