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HAP: AHCA Vote Threatens Coverage For More Than 1.1 Million Pennsylvanians

May 04, 2017

HAP CEO Thanks “No” Votes, Asks Senate to Reject the Bill and Protect Access to Care

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today delivered the following statement:

“Pennsylvania’s hospital community is disappointed in the vote of the U.S. House of Representatives. Simply put, the American Health Care Act in its current form could devastate Pennsylvania families and care providers.

“More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have gained access to health care through the Affordable Care Act, including over 700,000 covered through Medicaid expansion. In addition, up to 5.4 million have benefited from its protections, including assurances that a pre-existing condition will not preclude coverage. This coverage has helped patients secure primary and preventative services and manage chronic diseases; and helped hospitals and health care providers deliver world class care.

“Families across the commonwealth today are facing an uncertain future for the coverage they depend on for vital care. We thank the members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation who voted against the measure, and urge the Senate to proceed with caution and protect access to affordable care for all patients.”

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