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HAP Says New ACA Replacement Plan Will Not Provide Comparable Health Care

March 07, 2017

Association leader concerned about coverage for the most vulnerable

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued the following statement about the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act, that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“While we do not yet have the official details that outline coverage impacts under this proposal, an initial review of the American Health Care Act raises concerns that it does not fulfill our core principle that any replacement plan must ensure continuity of coverage and care through access to a robust, competitive delivery system.

“The significant Medicaid changes contained in the plan will negatively impact expansion states like Pennsylvania, and ultimately jeopardize coverage for the 700,000 people who have benefited from the ability to access care, as well as others who are eligible for Medicaid coverage.

“In addition, the plan threatens the progress hospitals have made to improve health care, as the stable and sufficient resources needed to support providers in maintaining access to care, is jeopardized.

Carter said key concerns include restructuring Medicaid, phasing out coverage offered as a result of expansion, the sufficiency of new policies to support coverage including tax credits, and threatening hospital funding.

“The financial burden that is seemingly being shifted to low-income individuals, many of whom are working, jeopardizes the important progress we have made to provide these individuals with the right care, in the right place, in the right time. Advanceable, refundable tax credits are superior to tax deductions to meet the needs of this population, but the amounts contemplated do not sufficiently match the support currently provided.

“HAP remains steadfast in our position that the progress that has been made to benefit 1.1 million Pennsylvanians through expanded coverage, should not be threatened. We will continue to analyze the proposal to better understand the impact of this legislation on Pennsylvania residents and providers,” Carter concluded.

CONTACT

Julie Kissinger (717) 561-5378

Priscilla Koutsouradis (Southeast Office) (215) 575-3743

Twitter: @HAPUpdates

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