Phoenix, AZ - January Contreras, candidate for Arizona Attorney General, joined Arizona leaders and healthcare providers today to stand against proposed changes from the Trump Administration that would significantly water down the meaning of health insurance. Instead of covering a comprehensive set of services, people could be paying the same -- or more -- for bare bones coverage. If implemented, the move could leave thousands of Arizonans without access to the healthcare they have come to rely on and need.
Minimum essential coverage that could disappear includes preventative care appointments, behavioral health treatment, emergency and ambulatory services, hospitalization, and prescription drugs.
“Being able to afford comprehensive insurance to see a health professional or afford medication is a life or death matter - especially when dealing with chronic illness, addiction or mental health,” said Contreras. “It's mind boggling that politicians, including Arizona's current Attorney General who recently sued to kill the Affordable Care Act, are working to go backwards instead of forward, even as leaders agree on a bi-partisan basis that we need more access to drug treatment and mental health services, not less.”