||October 27, 2011
Dave Lemmon, Director of Communications
Bob Meissner, Deputy Director of Communications
Bryan Fisher, Press Secretary
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Washington, D.C.—When fully implemented, the Affordable Care Act will do much more for New Mexico’s families than put the brakes on 20 years of insurance premium hikes. It will actually put money in their pockets—an average in 2019 of $2,280 for New Mexico households earning less than $100,000 a year.
That financial gain for New Mexico families is one of the findings of a report titled “The Bottom Line: How the Affordable Care Act Helps New Mexico Families” released today by the health consumer group Families USA. The report details a range of health reform benefits that includes protection against high deductibles and copayments, elimination of lifetime and annual limits on covered benefits, and improvements to the health care delivery system itself.
The “bottom line,” however, remains the key health pocketbook concern, and, according to the report, the health care law will be helpful. New Mexico families will see reduced costs for health coverage and care, and that means more money for other family priorities.
The report looks first at who in New Mexico benefits and then at how they benefit. Families USA finds that in 2019, because of the Affordable Care Act:
- On average, New Mexico households earning less than $100,000 will be about $2,280 better off.
- Households with income under $30,000 will be $3,172 better off.
- Households with income between $30,000 and $50,000 will be $2,300 better off.
- Households with income between $50,000 and $100,000 will be $809 better off.
“As this report makes clear, the Affordable Care Act will put extra cash in the pocketbooks of New Mexico families—those who now have health coverage and those who are currently uninsured,” Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said today. “While both groups benefit, however, they benefit in different ways.
“Families who have coverage currently face rising premiums and increasing out-of-pocket payments for deductibles, copayments, and uncovered care,” Pollack said. “The financial benefits of health reform will come to these families in the form of lower premiums and reductions in out-of-pocket spending when they seek care.”
The report finds that, for families who had coverage before reform:
- Households with income under $30,000 will pay $612 less in premiums.
- Households with income between $30,000 and $50,000 will pay $646 less in premiums.
- Households with income between $50,000 and $100,000 will pay $703 less in premiums.
“Families now without coverage will benefit from health premium tax credits and from access to new state marketplaces where they can shop for individual and family policies at competitive rates,” Pollack said. “And lower-income families will benefit from the fact that Medicaid eligibility is being extended to include families with annual incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level.”
The report notes that, for families who were uninsured before reform:
- Households with income under $30,000 will receive an average of $4,723 in help with the cost of health coverage.
- Households with income between $30,000 and $50,000 will receive an average of $4,921 in help with the cost of health coverage.
- Households with income between $50,000 and $100,000 will receive an average of $2,778 in help with the cost of health coverage.
In addition to getting financial assistance with the upfront costs of obtaining health coverage, New Mexico families will also benefit from lower out-of-pocket costs associated with their claims for health coverage, spending, on average, $213 less out of pocket under the Affordable Care Act in 2019 than they would have without reform.
In the final analysis, Pollack said, the law will benefit all health care consumers.
“It’s a sad commentary on political discourse that irresponsible politicians continue to use the Affordable Care Act as a political target, instead of actually explaining to their familiesand business constituents what’s in the law, when its provisions take effect, and how they can take advantage of its many benefits.
“Numerous provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already been put into place that help children, young adults, families, and seniors, and the law also includes a broad range of initiatives to help contain costs, improve quality, and promote prevention,” he said.
“The bottom line of health reform for New Mexico, however, is better care, accessible care, and affordable care for families, and more money in their wallets,” Pollack said. “This is the goal of reform, and this is where we are headed.”
Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan and advocates for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
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