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July 13, 2017

Statement by HANYS President Bea Grause on the U.S. Senate’s Revised ACA Repeal Bill

ALBANY, N.Y. — “HANYS strongly opposes the latest version of the U.S. Senate’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which would reduce health insurance coverage, threaten access to care, devastate New York’s Medicaid program, and weaken consumer protections. 

“The new version of BCRA, released today, is no improvement. It’s a race to the bottom on coverage and consumer protections. It fails to meet our basic standard: any ACA replacement plan should include healthcare coverage that is at least as expansive as under the ACA.  The deep Medicaid cuts and restructuring in this bill would undermine the healthcare system and jeopardize access to needed care.

“In addition, the inclusion of the so-called “Cruz amendment” would segregate people with various levels of insurance risk, causing further market instability with unaffordable premiums for the sick, and potentially high deductibles for the healthy in low premium plans should they experience a major health event.

“Cuts have consequences. The revised BCRA will devastate New York’s healthcare system and New York’s economy. We will continue to strongly oppose it, and support federal policies that provide meaningful health coverage for all.

“If this bill gets through the U.S. Senate and goes back to the House for a final vote, HANYS will strongly urge all members of the New York State Congressional Delegation to oppose it, as it is markedly worse than the HANYS-opposed and House-passed American Health Care Act, and would seriously undermine the healthcare system.”