Affiliates & Partners
Coalition for Children & Families, Senior Agenda Coalition, Newport County Community Mental Health Center, HousingWorksRI, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, Substance Use & Mental Health Leadership Council, RI Community Food Bank, West Bay Community Action, Mental Health Association RI, SEIU State Council, United Way RI
Take Action and Get the Facts!
Important legislation pending in RI to protect those with pre-existing conditions and to guarantee essential health benefits.
RI Market Stability & Consumer Protection Act (Senate Bill 738/House Bill 5916)
Why this act is important:
The Market Stability & Consumer Protect Act will ensure the standards of the Affordable Care Act remain in effect in Rhode Island, even if the courts or Congress were to eliminate the federal law. As Rhode Island considers implementing a state-based individual mandate and shared responsibility penalty, consumers must be assured access to guaranteed, quality coverage that is affordable, as this Act provides.
Additionally, recent Federal actions that negatively impact quality and affordability standards contained in the Affordable Care Act make state-based action necessary. Federal actions include the elimination of individual mandate penalties and new proposed rules that would permit the sale of non-ACA compliant plans in 2019. Most urgent is the recent U.S. Department of Justice position on a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the ACA in which they side with the interpretation that the entire ACA should be invalidated.
Specifically, this act adopts current insurance practices, including:
- Requiring insurers to give their enrollees clear written explanations of their benefits.
- Prohibiting annual limits and lifetime dollar caps on coverage for essential benefits.
- Making sure that insurers keep their administrative costs in check.
- Prohibiting insurer discrimination against providers operating under state law (but credentialing and networks allowed).
- Restating that a dependent up to age 26 can stay on their parent’s plan.
- Restating that no pre-existing condition exclusions are allowed.
- Requiring that plans cover 10 essential benefits, including preventive services, maternity care, hospital stays, mental health and substance use treatment, among others.
- Guaranteeing the issuing and renewal of policies, so that patients cannot be denied coverage, even if sick.
- Allowing discounts for wellness programs.
- Preventing insurers from charging increased premiums based on gender or health and limiting the amount older adults can be charged to just 3 times the rate charged younger adults.
What you can do!
Call your RI State Senator & Rep.
Tell them…”I support the RI Consumer Protection Act introduced by Senator Miller and Representative McNamara to make sure that current ACA consumer protections are enshrined in state law.”
To find legislators, click here.
SHARE YOUR ACA or MEDICAID STORY or help a family member or friend to share theirs. There’s a lot of mis-information about the ACA and Medicaid. Your story will help demonstrate that the ACA and Medicaid Expansion is a step forward in achieving coverage for all. Scroll down this page for a helpful form.
Get the Facts
Here’s a picture about Medicaid coverage in Rhode Island:
What’s What in the Health Care Debate!
We strongly support the Affordable Care Act and appreciate what it has done to advance our healthcare system. But we know that to achieve health care for all we need more systemic change. We must shift the debate about health care forward, providing a platform for more open and honest dialogue.
If we all stay engaged, we can move our nation forward towards universal health care as a right.
There are many good, progressive voices in the debate. Below are a few links to the thoughts and ideas of those with deep experience in either or both politics and policy who share a common vision for health care for all but may share differing views on how to get there.
- From Vox — What Doctors & Surgeons say about Medicare for all
- Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All
- Sheldon Whitehouse: Whitehouse explains Medicare For All, prospects for bills passage
- Ron Pollock: Many ways to Universal Health Care
- Andy Slavitt: Our Next Health Care Debate
Get Involved - Share this