On 10 Year Anniversary of Affordable Care Act, Davids Calls on Trump Administration to End ACA Lawsuit; Announces Support for Bill to Strengthen ACA Amid Coronavirus

March 23, 2020
Press Release

On the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Representative Sharice Davids called on the Trump Administration to end its Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, which would strike down the entirety of the ACA, as well as the protections for 1.2 million Kansans with pre-existing conditions, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“To effectively fight the coronavirus pandemic, we have to ensure that every person has access to quality, affordable health coverage. But even today, on the 10-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is continuing its fight to eliminate every last protection and benefit provided by this landmark piece of legislation. During this time of uncertainty, no Kansan should have to worry about whether they will receive the care that they and their families need to stay healthy and safe,” said Davids.

Davids also announced her support for the Ensuring Coverage in Public Health Emergencies Act, which would require a Special Enrollment Period for ACA Marketplace coverage any time there is a public health emergency declaration, like the coronavirus. Additionally, it would require plans to cover any related testing, treatment, services, and more. 

“It’s more important than ever that every person has access to quality, affordable health care. Sadly too many Kansans are still struggling to keep up with the rising costs of health care and prescription drugs. We should build on the progress of the ACA, not tear it down, and that’s what I’m working towards,” said Davids.

If the Administration’s lawsuit is successful, the following protections could be eliminated:

  • Protections for the 1.2 million Kansans with pre-existing conditions;
  • The ban on lifetime and annual limits on health coverage;
  • The Medicaid expansion covering 15 million Americans;
  • Health insurance affordability tax credits assisting 9 million Americans;
  • Bans on discriminatory insurance practices that make women pay more for coverage; 
  • Young adults’ ability to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and more.