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September 19, 2017

For Immediate Release:

Statement by HANYS President Bea Grause on the Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill

ALBANY, N.Y. — HANYS and a broad coalition of partners—including consumers, workers, insurers, and providers—sent a joint letter today today urging the New York State Congressional Delegation to voice opposition to the Cassidy-Graham Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill that could be approved by the U.S. Senate in coming days and sent to the House for a vote. This highly redistributive bill would result in devastating funding cuts to New York’s healthcare system, restricting access to comprehensive healthcare coverage and necessary services.

By eliminating the ACA’s tax credits and Medicaid expansion, shifting a lesser amount of funding into per capita block grants to states, Cassidy-Graham would result in New York State receiving $18.9 billion less in federal funding through 2026, without any assurances that even those meager block grant funding levels would continue beyond 2026.

The partisan politics of redistribution are at the core of this harsh bill, purposefully shifting federal funds away from New York State and other states that expanded Medicaid and to those states that have refused to expand their programs.

Protections for patients would no longer be guaranteed under this bill, as it would allow states to waive protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions and would jettison requirements that plans provide comprehensive coverage.

HANYS and our coalition partners urge the Delegation to reject the Cassidy-Graham bill and any other partisan approaches to healthcare that undermine expansion of comprehensive healthcare coverage and access to care.

HANYS also continues to press for bipartisan action in Washington to address other key priorities for hospitals and health systems and their patients. These include stopping the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts that would devastate coverage for the most needy, reauthorizing the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Medicaid Low Volume Hospital programs, extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and stabilizing the health insurance exchanges, including continuing payment of Cost Sharing Reductions. HANYS is also working to address regulatory proposals that threaten the 340B drug cost savings program and hospital outpatient off-campus clinic Medicare reimbursement.

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing hundreds of non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations.