Center director testifies to LA County about ACA contingency planning

[ Posted on September 1st, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

kominskiLACBoS20170815Center Director Gerald Kominski testified Aug. 15 at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in support of Mark Ridley-Thomas’s motion for contingency planning should federal funding for Affordable Care Act programs be repealed or cut. Watch Kominski at the board meeting here (under Agenda Item S-1 at 4:08:43 mark) or read his statement below:

“During the last 7 years I worked closely with the state and with Covered California to help document the impact of the A.C.A. here in California. Most recently, we’ve produced estimates of the remaining uninsured under the A.C.A. on a regional basis and at the county level.

I cannot overstate enough today how important it is for the county to continue to support the planning efforts that you’ve already undertaken. The A.C.A. has already provided tremendous benefit to the county, to the state and to the nation. And we need to do everything we can to protect the gains, including the direct benefit to over 1.5 million residents of this county alone.

I also want to emphasize in terms of the politics that none of us should feel comfortable with the fact that 2-1/2 weeks ago, the Senate defeated the latest attempt to repeal and replace the A.C.A. That margin is one senator. And the one senator that’s critical to this continued opposition has a terminal illness and may not survive until the next midterm election. And as a result, Republicans could replace him with someone who would gladly vote in favor of the horrible bills that they have been introduced into the Senate and into the house.

I also want to remind the supervisors that the President, regardless of what happens in the Senate and the House, the President still has the authority to do damage to the A.C.A. in California. His authority over the cost sharing reductions potentially could lead to added increases of 15 percent for silver plans next year. And silver plans benefit 70 percent of people in the marketplace and almost 50 percent receive those cost sharing reductions.

So please continue this good work.”

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