The House Republicans' ACA repeal and replace bill – the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – is headed to the House floor for a vote as early as next week. Congressional leadership is aiming to pass the bill before the April spring recess, so it is critical to take action NOW.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) unveiled the impact of the AHCA, and predicted that 24 million Americans would lose insurance coverage over the next decade - 14 million next year alone. Most of the 5.3 million Californians who gained coverage under Medicaid and Covered California are at-risk. The AHCA's tax credits are age-based, not income-based, and inadequate to help older, sicker and low- to moderate-income families afford insurance. Medicaid funding would also cut by $880 billion, which would doom California to low physician payment rates and higher hurdles for patients to access care.
It is imperative that Congress makes changes to the legislation to improve access to doctors, ensure that currently covered Californians do not lose coverage, and guarantee that insurance is affordable and meaningful. Please go to the AMA's Patients Before Politics site and urge your leaders to protect patients currently insured, enable low and moderate income people to secure adequate coverage and maintain Medicaid and other safety net programs.