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Health Advocates Warn Uninsured Could Double Under Partial ACA Repeal

More than a quarter of a million New Mexicans could lose health-insurance coverage by 2019 under a partial ACA repeal, according to a new report.(Pixabay)
More than a quarter of a million New Mexicans could lose health-insurance coverage by 2019 under a partial ACA repeal, according to a new report.(Pixabay)
December 13, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. – The number of uninsured could double, in New Mexico and across the country, if Congress votes to repeal key sections of the Affordable Care Act without a plan in place to replace it, according to a new report by the Urban Institute. Congressional leaders recently announced plans to introduce a reconciliation bill that would repeal the expansion of Medicaid, as well as the subsidies to help people buy coverage on the marketplace and the individual mandate to buy insurance.

Abuko Estrada, a staff attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty said the cuts that would accompany a partial repeal would have a disastrous ripple effect.

"Medicaid supports over 50,000 jobs, and our economy would take a huge hit that we just really can't afford, especially with our state economy being battered as it is," he said.

The report found that 266,000 New Mexicans would lose Medicaid coverage or would no longer be able to afford an insurance policy. And it found that in 2019 alone, New Mexico would lose more than $2.2 billion in Medicaid/Chip funding and $93 million in marketplace assistance. Over 10 years, the state economy could lose more than $27 billion.

Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, said the public needs to understand the implications of a rush to repeal.

"There's a lot of misinformation about what Obamacare is and what would happen if it's repealed," she said. "Almost 30 million people would lose coverage and 82 percent of those people would be in working families."

The report also noted that the percent of uninsured children would skyrocket nationwide, from 4 percent now to 9 percent in 2019.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NM