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CLS's Statement Opposing House Health Care Bill

CLS's Statement Opposing House Health Care Bill

Congress’s Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act Would Be Devastating for Pennsylvania Families, Seniors, and People with Disabilities who Rely on Medicaid

Philadelphia – Last night, the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee released the text of its promised bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The House bill is deeply harmful to all Pennsylvania families.  It would cover fewer people than the ACA covers, while shifting costs from the federal government to individual enrollees and Pennsylvania taxpayers.

The House bill is particularly devastating for Pennsylvania families who rely on Medicaid to get and stay healthy.  The bill would roll back Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion, which covers more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians.  It would cap Medicaid payments to states, limiting federal Medicaid funding for children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and pregnant women, and ultimately forcing states to cut services or limit enrollment.  And it would create new red tape to make it harder for families to get and keep the coverage they need.

Kristen Dama, a Supervising Attorney at Community Legal Services, said, “The new House bill goes far beyond repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.  It includes devastating cuts to the traditional Medicaid program.  This bill will force Pennsylvania to cut health care for families (including pregnant women and children), seniors, and individuals with disabilities.”

Community Legal Services calls on Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to oppose devastating cuts to Medicaid, and to vote against the House bill to repeal and replace the ACA.

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About Community Legal Services, Inc.:

Community Legal Services, Inc. provides direct legal services to approximately 10,000 low income Philadelphians each year, most of whom qualify for Medicaid.  On behalf of our clients, we engage in federal, state, and local policy advocacy to protect access to affordable, comprehensive health care for low income families throughout Pennsylvania.  For more information about Community Legal Services, Inc.’s Medicaid defense work, please visit https://clsphila.org/learn-about-issues/defending-medicaid.  For general information about Community Legal Services, please call (215) 981-3700.

Date: 
03/07/2017