WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) transformed our health care system and extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million individuals. Steps are in place to undo the progress we have made. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) oppose efforts to fully repeal the ACA which will abolish advances that have been made for consumers and providers thanks to the law.
Repeal of the ACA and proposed bills to change the law will jeopardize consumer protections and provider benefits that Americans have come to expect from the health care system. These include affordable health care coverage through the health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion, coverage for pre-existing conditions, access to mental health and substance use disorder services at parity, essential health benefits and preventive care, and no annual or lifetime dollar limits… To read more (SocialWorkOrganizationStatementonAffordableCareActPDF1)