Congressman Tim Ryan Attends President Biden’s Help is Here Tour in Columbus on the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act
Columbus, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today had the honor of joining President Biden at the ‘Help is Here’ event at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus and joined with the President in celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.
“No one in this country should have to lie awake at night worried they won’t be able to pay their medical bills. President Biden helped us lead the way eleven years ago when we passed the Affordable Care Act and insured 23 million Americans who didn’t previously have coverage, and he’s helping us lead now as we close the gap on affordable coverage for all. The American Rescue Plan Act took us a big step forward by further expanding coverage and lowering costs. Affordable coverage – regardless of pre-existing conditions – should absolutely be a right in this country, and I look forward to continuing this momentum to make good on that promise,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
The Biden-Harris Administration has opened HealthCare.gov from February 15 through August 15 to all Americans to provide them with the opportunity to sign up for health insurance during this pandemic, and more than 200,000 people have already taken advantage of that special enrollment period. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan (ARP), passed by House and Senate Democrats and signed into law by President Biden, addressed the immediate economic needs of Americans with direct relief and addressed the healthcare needs of Americans by expanding healthcare coverage and lowering costs.
Big steps forward the ARP takes on healthcare include:
- Ensuring no one will pay more than 8.5% of their income on their premium.
- For example, a family of four making $90,000 will see their premiums decrease by $200/ month.
- It provides more generous tax credits to the nearly 9 million Americans receiving financial assistance to purchase Marketplace coverage.
- It provides states the opportunity to extend coverage for a year to low-income women who have recently given birth, as well as cover community-based crisis intervention services for people experiencing a behavioral health crisis with additional Medicaid funding.
- It provides additional Medicaid funding to states to help strengthen their home and community-based services programs, which will help older adults and people with disabilities to get the care they need in their homes during this critical time.
- It incentivizes states to expand coverage to an additional 4 million people with low incomes.