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2.6 Million Texans Would Lose Coverage if Congress Repeals the Affordable Care Act Without an Immediate Replacement

December 7, 2016

A new report by the Urban Institute estimates that 2.55 million Texans would lose their coverage if Congress follows through with its plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without immediately replacing it, causing the number of uninsured Texans to grow from 4.4 million to 6.9 million people. Texas would also lose $62 billion in federal health care funding over a ten-year period. Nationwide, the uninsured rate among children would climb from the current historic low of four percent to nine percent.

“Rushing forward to repeal the Affordable Care Act before Congress has done the hard work of figuring out how to ensure continued access to affordable coverage will endanger the health and financial security of Texas families,” said CPPP Senior Policy Analyst Stacey Pogue. “Such an ill-conceived plan would create chaos in Texas’ health care system and strain our safety net.”

The Urban Institute report analyzed the impact of a partial repeal of the ACA, modeled on the 2015 reconciliation bill that was approved by Congress and vetoed by President Obama. Congressional leaders recently announced that they intend to attempt to pass a similar reconciliation bill in January 2017.

Congress must pass a plan to replace health coverage at the same that it passes any repeal of coverage.

Read the full analysis.