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Whitmer, state officials respond to lawsuit against Affordable Care Act

Posted at 11:38 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 11:38:32-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement Tuesday in response to a lawsuit that threatens the future of the Affordable Care Act.

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the case Tuesday afternoon.

"Every Michigander deserves access to quality, affordable health care," Whitmer said. "That's why I worked across the aisle as Senate Democratic Leader to expand coverage to more than 820,000 Michiganders through Healthy Michigan, and it's why I will continue working to protect health care for people across the state. "As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in this case, and as health care for 1 million Michiganders is on the line, leaders from both sides of the aisle must work together to ensure coverage for the people we serve. To the people of Michigan: I will not stop fighting for your health care."

Whitmer, along with the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, recently announced a $1 million effort to help residents understand the health coverage options available to them.

The state hopes to contact a million Michiganders through town hall events, social media, TV and radio ads before open enrollment on ends Dec. 15.

"Michigan was able to create the Healthy Michigan Plan under the Affordable Care Act to help hard-working residents stay healthy and productive," MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. "It's one of our most important programs and was created with bipartisan legislative support. Without the Affordable Care Act, more than 800,000 Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries will lose their access to health care coverage."