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MI AG Fights to Save Lives, Federal Healthcare Funding by Protecting Affordable Care Act

LANSING - As oral arguments to defend or dismantle the Affordable Care Act started in Texas today, Michigan Attorney Dana Nessel reminded Michigan residents of the risk if Trump’s lawsuit to repeal the ACA succeeds.

“If Donald Trump gets his way, 720,000 Michiganders could lose their coverage – leading to a 115-percent increase in our uninsured rate,” said Nessel.  “In addition, 73,000 young Michigan adults who are covered by their parents’ insurance could lose that coverage.

“Finally,” said Nessel, “Michigan could lose important federal health care funding – estimated to be $5.2 billion in the first year if the ACA were to be repealed.”

Nessel also pointed out that more than 40 percent of Michigan residents – 4,110,300 – have a pre-existing condition that would no longer be covered as insurance companies step away from mandated coverage.  Of those with pre-existing conditions, Nessel said 527,600 are children, 2,038,000 are women, and 1,024,000 are between the ages of 55 and 64.

“If you’re not enrolled in a major public program like Medicaid or Medicare, and you have a pre-existing condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, behavioral health disorders, osteoarthritis or something else, you are at the mercy of the insurance companies and can expect higher premiums, higher co-pays, and significant out-of-pocket expenses,” said Nessel.

The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, requires health plans to cover preventive services like flu shots, cancer screenings, contraception and mammograms –at no cost to consumers.

Nessel joined Protect Our Care, a coalition of health care advocates, in raising concerns about the Trump Administration’s efforts to take away people’s health care by overturning the Affordable Care Act.

“Trump’s Texas lawsuit is the clearest indication of his intention to strip coverage from millions of Americans and decimate protections for pre-existing conditions,” said Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse.

“I refuse to let anyone take away the health care rights of our residents,” declared Nessel.  “We will fight this effort at every turn.”

Oral arguments in Texas v US are scheduled to be heard today in the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals..