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May 4, 2017

Statement by Bea Grause, President of The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), Regarding House Approval of the AHCA

“The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), repealing key components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

HANYS opposed the AHCA in the House and will continue to strongly oppose the bill in the Senate, which is expected to consider the bill shortly.

We oppose the AHCA for the following reasons:

  • It would increase by 24 million the number of uninsured nationwide; placing 2.7 million New Yorkers at risk;
  • It would upend the Medicaid program, stripping hospitals and health systems of needed resources while they care for more uninsured and underinsured patients; and
  • It would weaken federal protections for New Yorkers with pre-existing conditions.

All New York Democrats in the House voted against this bill. HANYS thanks these members and also thanks Representatives Dan Donovan and John Katko —New York’s only GOP members to oppose the bill—for standing up to protect healthcare for their constituents.

HANYS will continue to collaborate with key state hospital associations and the American Hospital Association to halt this legislation in the Senate. We are grateful that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer will be leading the effort with the support of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to fight for meaningful access to care for all.”