Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Pennsylvania could lose 85000 by 2026 under House GOP health-care plan

Pennsylvania could lose 85000 by 2026 under House GOP health-care plan

The letter was written and sent by representatives of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights based in Washington, D.C. Throughout the events, the groups will address shortcomings in four main areas: affordability of insurance, access to essential care, protection for those on Medicaid, and protections for those with employer-sponsored health insurance. "This bill does not reflect the values of our great country".

Additionally, some plans that covered maternity, substance abuse or mental health care services included meaningful limits or restrictions, the analysis finds.

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Medicaid, they point out, covers one in five Americans, one in three children and 10 million people with disabilities. "Cutting $834 billion from the program would decimate the ability of Medicaid to provide home and community-based services to allow people with disabilities to live, learn, work and thrive in their communities; pre-natal care that ensures almost 50 percent of the children born in the US are born healthy; nursing home care for older Americans because Medicare does not provide for it; mental health and substance use disorder treatment; and preventive and basic health care for millions of individuals".

U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act to help stabilize the individual health care marketplace and lower premiums. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that the provisions of the legislation will result in 14 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2018. "We're pleased to join these groups and raise our voices to call on the Senate to move in a different direction so that we can improve health care for Americans". "The Republican proposal will raise costs for older Pennsylvanians, put coverage at risk for almost a million Pennsylvanians, and strip important consumer protections away from almost every health-care consumer, but this report raises even more concerns about the long-term damage these health-care cuts will have on Pennsylvania and the country". The ACA has served as a lifeline for millions of LGBTQ people who too often have found themselves cut off from critical healthcare services. Families can not afford for Congress to roll back the progress we've made on healthcare.

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"People with diabetes need ongoing care to manage their disease and avoid complications", said American Diabetes Association Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH. And now the Senate is busy at work on a bill.

The American Health Care Act would also roll back coverage for millions of North Carolinians. The House passed the American Health Care Act last month, which rolls back numerous ACA's measures.

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"In the last seven years, more people and families have been able to get health coverage than ever before in the history of our nation", said Kathy Ko Chin, president and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF).

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