ALBANY – More than 15,000 people in Chautauqua County will see a negative impact as a result of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, the county government will likely see a loss of more than $2.4 million in healthcare funding.
That’s according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who discussed on Wednesday the impact the potential repeal of the Patient Protection and ACA would have on health care coverage of New Yorkers and the state budget.
Gov. Cuomo said that if the repeal of the ACA were enacted, as is expected by the republican controlled congress, an estimated 2.7 million New Yorkers would lose coverage and New York State would experience a direct state budget impact of $3.7 billion. Also, New York Counties would see a total loss of nearly $600 million of federal funding.
The governor – who is against the repeal – said that since its implementation, the ACA has become a powerful tool to lower the cost of health insurance for local governments and New Yorkers, and it is essential that the federal government does not jeopardize the health and livelihoods of millions of working families.
According to the Governor’s office, the NY State Health Insurance Exchange, created as a result of ACA, has successfully cut the percentage of uninsured New Yorkers in half, from 10 percent to 5 percent.