News Release: HAP Statement about U.S. Senate-Passed Tax Plan
December 04, 2017
During Saturday, December 2, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Following the vote, Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) released the following statement:
“We are heartened to see that the Senate’s tax bill does not eliminate the tax-exemption for private-activity bonds, which help the hospital community access low-cost capital to make vital improvements; however, we remain concerned about this plan’s implications for our patients.
“HAP has long held that any changes to the Affordable Care Act must preserve access to comprehensive health care coverage. Repealing the shared responsibility to secure health insurance will result in more uncertainty for the health and well-being of the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who rely on the marketplace to get coverage for their families. As this plan enters the conference committee phase, we call on lawmakers to abandon repealing the individual mandate and work collaboratively on a measure to fix the Affordable Care Act’s flaws and stabilize the insurance market.
“Finally, we implore Congress to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, and to extend programs that can help keep our hospitals' doors open, including ensuring stable Medicare funding for rural hospitals, delaying cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals, and restoring funding to the 340B Drug Pricing Program.”