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HAP Statement on the U.S. Senate's Updated Health Care Plan

July 13, 2017

The U.S. Senate today released an updated version of its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement:

“The U.S. Senate’s updated health care plan does not make necessary changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act that will improve access to care, protect vital coverage under the Medicaid program, or safeguard key consumer protections benefiting patients. The hospital community cannot support any plan that does not, at minimum, achieve these goals.

“This plan, like the U.S. House-passed American Health Care Act and the U.S. Senate’s first Better Care Reconciliation Act, will harm the most vulnerable and at-risk Pennsylvanians, including children, those with disabilities, seniors, and low-income individuals and families.

“More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have benefited from coverage and improved health as a result of the Affordable Care Act; this plan jeopardizes these gains and weakens the Medicaid program. This proposal will undermine the health of Pennsylvania patients, hurt our economy, and jeopardize health care jobs and services. We urge the Senate to reconsider this fundamentally flawed policy and protect Pennsylvania’s health and health care.”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release its analyses of the legislation and amendments as early as Monday, July 17. Senate leaders have announced their intention to vote on these matters next week.

HAP, hospital leaders, and health care advocates have shared their thoughts with Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation and two U.S. Senators on several occasions, including through numerous meetings, as well as joint letters on May 2, June 7, June 21, and June 28.

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