Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Group of Governors: AHCA Not a Solution to Health Care Challenges
June 19, 2017
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined six other governors from across the country to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to amend the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to make a fairer system for America’s consumers.
In a joint letter, the governors underscore their bipartisanship and encourage the Senate to embark on reforms that stem from common ground and focus on providing coverage to Americans who are dealing with fixed budgets, chronic conditions, and increased uncertainty about the future of their care.
The letter is signed by:
- Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock
- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
- Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper
- Ohio Governor John R. Kasich
- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
The letter includes a document with guiding principles that the governors encourage the Senate to consider when amending the AHCA. These principles include:
- Improving affordability through increased access to coverage and cost containment measures
- Restoring insurance market stability through emphasizing consumers choice and access to both employer-sponsored coverage and government plans
- Providing state flexibility and encouraging innovation through reforms that can improve local and regional insurance markets
- Improving the regulator environment through enactment of consumer protections that are not overly-burdensome to small business owners and individuals
HAP and its members continue to work to preserve access to care for the more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians who gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On June 7, HAP joined a group of 27 provider organizations that sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s Senators. The letter states that the AHCA “severely disadvantages Pennsylvania and is not an acceptable starting point for reform.”
For more information about the American Health Care Act or the Affordable Care Act, please contact Scott Bishop, senior vice president, legislative advocacy; Laura Stevens Kent, vice president, federal advocacy; or Jeff Bechtel, senior vice president, health economics and policy.