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May 25, 2017

NPAF Statement on Updated CBO Analysis of AHCA

2017-05-25 | May 25, 2017

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its newest analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives. We express again our reservations with the AHCA due to the massive coverage losses expected, coupled with premium increases for low-income and elderly individuals, and drastically cutting Medicaid funding and other safety net programs. We affirm our commitment to put people at the heart of healthcare by advocating for equitable access to high quality, affordable care.

A major amendment to the bill essentially creates a high risk pool, including $8 billion to help lower premiums for people in states where insurers may charge higher premiums for people with preexisting conditions.  While we appreciate that Congress has considered the potential coverage losses and tried to account for these patients, high risk pools have historically led to high costs and inadequate resources. We do not believe this option serves the needs of patients facing serious illnesses.

We prefer that Congress consider alternative solutions based on robust stakeholder engagement, including patients, caregivers, and providers. We urge the Senate, while considering changes to the bill, to preserve the essential health benefits across all states, maintain funding for Medicaid, and ensure that patient protections are bolstered and not undermined. We refer all those interested to our previous statements on the AHCA.