FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jeff Van Ness, (202) 286-4683
STATEMENT OF ACAP ON CBO SCORE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT
WASHINGTON – Margaret A. Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), issued the following statement on the release of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act:
“The CBO score confirms what we already know: the American Health Care Act would deal considerable damage to our health care system, and move millions of people back into the ranks of the uninsured.
“This bill would force states to choose between denying care to people who need it and vastly expanding their budgets.
“It phases out the Federal match for the Medicaid expansion and deliberately adds red tape and layers of bureaucracy for people who seek access to Medicaid coverage, which leads to enrollment churn in the program.
“There are opportunities all around us to improve the health care system. We hope the deliberations in the Senate represent a fresh start, and look forward to engaging in more productive bipartisan conversations to enhance quality, preserve access, and control costs.”
ACAP represents 60 nonprofit Safety Net Health Plans in 24 states, which collectively serve more than seventeen million people enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other publicly-sponsored health coverage programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.
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