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Monday Kicks Off "No More" Week Designed to Increase Awareness of and Combat Domestic Violence
Due to this regulation, survivors of domestic violence must file taxes jointly with their spouse in order to receive subsidies for health insurance under the ACA. For partners who are financially dependent on their abuser, this is an undue burden that can extend the cycle of violence and subject survivors to further danger.
"Survivors of domestic violence should not have to depend on their abuser to gain access to affordable health care," Rep. Slaughter said. "Before the ACA, certain states allowed insurance companies to label domestic violence as a pre-existing condition http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-goodman/domestic-violence-a-pre-eb483911.html and subsequently denied coverage to battered women - the insurance companies figured if a woman had been beaten up once, she would be beaten up again and would be too expensive to insure. Now that we've ended that insidious practice, we have to make sure that these survivors are able to access the health care they need and end the cycle of abuse without these unnecessary barriers."
"Nearly two years since the Administration acknowledged this issue, these survivors and their families still await the guidance they need to enroll for health insurance and to know whether they, like all other eligible Americans, will receive the tax credit they deserve," said Rep. Doggett. "Without such clarity, the promise of the Affordable Care Act will remain unfulfilled for these brave people."
"In the last year alone, almost 80,000 Texans - primarily women and children sought services from local domestic violence programs because home was not safe....80,000," said
Monday officially kicks off "No More" week; No More is a new unifying symbol designed to galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
According to the
Please find the full letter below:
Dear Secretary Lew:
We write to express our strong concern regarding victims of domestic abuse, who are currently unable to fully realize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It has come to our attention that some of these victims are facing unique barriers to qualifying for lower monthly premiums as they search for and purchase health care coverage. We join our
With just two weeks before the enrollment deadline and no clear guidance, we urge you to provide guidance to these individuals now and to issue proposed regulations promptly to prevent ongoing confusion in future open enrollment periods. Specifically, we ask you to implement policies that would allow victims of domestic abuse to access the full amount of premium assistance tax credits for which they qualify, even when they choose to file a tax return separately from their spouse.
To protect themselves from the ongoing threat of violent abuse, it is common for victims of domestic violence to file taxes separately from their spouse. However, the current regulations implementing Section 36B of the Affordable Care Act provide that married taxpayers who do not file a joint return are not eligible for premium tax credits. In its final regulations regarding premium tax credits, issued nearly two years ago, the
We supported health care reform for many reasons, including provisions that would help break the cycle of abuse. Prior to the ACA, eight states and the
It is our hope that the goals of affordable health care provision and domestic violence prevention are fully realized by proper implementation.
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