Rep. Maloney Praises Key Health Care Savings for NY Families in the American Rescue Plan on the Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) marked the 11th anniversary of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) today by praising provisions of the American Rescue Plan that would increase affordability and accessibility to healthcare under the ACA. The plan builds on the ACA’s critical benefits by lowering the cost of premiums through federal subsidies and expanding eligibility for those subsidies to millions of Americans.
“For 11 years, the ACA has stood alongside Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as a pillar of health and economic security for New York families,” said Rep. Maloney. “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the ACA’s lifesaving benefits and protections is more vital than ever. I was proud to vote for the ACA 11 years ago, and thrilled that it included my Breastfeeding Promotion Act, to provide breastfeeding protections for women in the workplace, and my Women’s Health Office Act, to establish an Office on Women's Health, headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health. I will continue to fight against any attacks levied by Republicans against the ACA as we continue to pursue new policies to make quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all.”
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Affordable Care Act provides key reforms to the healthcare marketplace, including important consumer protections and provisions to expand access and reduce healthcare costs, including:
- Protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions;
- An end to insurance companies charging women more than men for the same coverage;
- A ban to prevent insurers from placing annual and lifetime caps on coverage;
- Guaranteed essential health benefits, including requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care;
- Lower prescription drug costs for nearly 12 million seniors; and
- Extended eligibility for dependent child coverage, allowing young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26.
American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan includes provisions that build on historical protections of the ACA, including:
- Expanded Subsidies in ACA Marketplaces;
- ACA Subsidies for those on unemployment;
- New Incentives for Medicaid Expansion; and
- COBRA Subsidies for individuals who lose their jobs.
Breastfeeding Promotion Act
(H.R. 2819, 111th Congress) A provision included in the ACA is based upon Rep. Maloney’s Breastfeeding Promotion Act, which required employers with over 50 hourly wage employees to provide a private space and unpaid time off during the workday for mothers to express milk.
Women's Health Office Act of 2009
(H.R.3242, 111th Congress) Another provision included in the ACA was incorporated from the Women’s Health Office Act of 2009, which amended the Public Health Service Act to establish within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) an Office on Women's Health, headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health. This permanent office would work to address needs and gaps in research, policy, programs, and education and training in women's health. The legislation also provided statutory authority for the five federal women's health offices.