On 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Kildee Highlights Health Care Savings for Michigan Families in American Rescue Plan

Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today marked the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by highlighting new health care savings for Michigan families thanks to the recently-passed coronavirus relief bill. The American Rescue Plan, passed with Democratic support and signed into law by President Joe Biden, builds on the ACA by lowering the cost of coverage and expanding eligibility for federal tax credits to millions of Americans.

"In the richest country in the world, no American should ever have to worry about getting sick and not being able to afford health care, especially during a global pandemic," Congressman Kildee said. "In Congress, I will continue to work to lower the cost of health care premiums and prescription drugs. As we mark the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, we must recommit to protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. I am pleased that the American Rescue Plan builds on the progress of the Affordable Care Act to lower costs and expand care."

Under the American Rescue Plan, Michiganders will not have to pay more than 8.5% of household income on their typical plan in the health care marketplace per year. Starting April 1, 2021, the American Rescue Planenhanced subsidies will take effect, lowering the cost of health care coverage.

For Michigan, the American Rescue Plan will:

Create significant savings for Michiganders in the marketplaces. For example, a 60-year-old Michigan couple earning $75,000 per year, under the American Rescue Plan, will see their premium payments lowered by $943 per month.
Further lower the cost of health care for consumers currently receiving financial assistance, including thousands of additional Michiganders with incomes below 150 percent of the poverty level who will now be eligible for plans with a zero-dollar monthly premium.
Make 67,300 currently uninsured Michiganders newly eligible for receiving subsidies to make their health coverage more affordable in the marketplaces.
In February, President Biden also opened a special enrolment period for HealthCare.gov, running from February 15 through May 15. Since opening this special enrollment period, over 200,000 Americans have found health insurance.