Craig’s call follows report that 5.4 million Americans lost their employer-sponsored health insurance this spring
Following the release of a new study which found that 5.4 million Americans lost their employer-sponsored health insurance between February and May of this year, Representative Angie Craig today called on the United States Senate to immediately take up and pass her bill to bring down the cost of health care for Americans enrolled in plans on the individual marketplace.
Enacting this crucial legislation has become an even more urgent priority in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – which has caused at least 56,000 Minnesotans to lose their jobs and health care coverage. Without access to employer-sponsored health insurance, millions of newly jobless Americans and their families will turn to the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplace, where they can enroll in the plans that Angie is working tirelessly in Congress to make more affordable.
“In the span of just a few short months, millions of Americans’ worst fears were realized, as they lost their jobs – and with them, their employer-based health insurance,” said Rep. Craig. “Now, more than ever, it’s absolutely vital that we bring down the cost of health care in this country, especially for those families who are now depending on the individual marketplace for coverage. The Senate must step up to the plate and immediately pass my bipartisan legislation to lower premiums for these families. Their livelihoods depend on it.”
Throughout her time in Congress, Angie has pushed for sensible reforms to improve our health care system and build on the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act. Just last month, the House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which included Angie’s bipartisan legislation to lower insurance premiums for millions of Americans getting their coverage through the ACA.