370,000 plus LIers could be affected by GOP health bills – New York News

Almost 370,000 Long Islanders could see their access to health coverage directly affected by the possible repeal and replacement of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known popularly as Obamacare.


In Nassau County, 162,079 people and in Suffolk County, 207,659 people, were covered by insurance obtained through the state’s ACA insurance exchange, NY State of Health, as of January 2017, according to the state Department of Health. While not all those insured on the exchange received subsidies or tax credits under Obamacare, most were in Medicaid, or in plans that were funded or subsidized with money that faces cuts under GOP proposals.

In addition, 24,433 children in Nassau and 32,678 in Suffolk receive coverage on the exchange through Child Health Plus, funded under a program distinct from the ACA that will expire on Sept. 30 unless Congress extends it.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will attempt to overcome deep divisions in its own GOP ranks to vote next week on a new health care proposal to topple the ACA and its exchanges. If successful, it would have to be reconciled with a bill passed May 4 by the House of Representatives before going on to the desk of President Donald Trump to be signed into law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he may…

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