Blog Post Explores Link between Health Care and Housing and Community Development Policy

Prior to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI-1) decision to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from consideration, Enterprise’s Laurel Blatchford published a blog post that examines how changes in health care policy can affect affordable housing and community development. The AHCA was proposed by House leadership as a partial replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. According to Blatchford, the AHCA had several troubling provisions that would have disproportionately hurt low-income households, including families, elderly adults and children. The ACA has made significant strides in expanding health care coverage to lower-income households, promoting a “whole person” model of care and encouraging community health activities. While the AHCA is may be reconsidered, Speaker Ryan has said that Congress will continue to work to repeal and replace the ACA. As Congress debates the future of health care policy, it is important to recognize the implications that such policies will have on other sectors that affect individual wellness, especially housing.

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