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PHAN Statement on Latest ACA Repeal Attempts

March 7, 2017

New House ACA Repeal Legislation Would Result in Loss of Coverage for Millions of Pennsylvanians; Damage the Financial Stability of Hardworking Families and Shift Costs to State

Harrisburg- Today, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans release a new draft of legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut our existing Medicaid program. Antoinette Kraus, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network released the following statement:

“The latest GOP plan to repeal the ACA would put the health and financial security of low and moderate income Pennsylvanians at risk. This plan goes beyond repealing the Affordable Care Act by radically restructuring Medicaid to cut coverage for seniors, children and individuals with disabilities. It would effectively end Medicaid Expansion by repealing the extra funding Pennsylvania receives to cover hard working families and shift costs onto our state budget. Nearly 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians rely on these programs, 43% are children, and 32% are seniors and individuals with disabilities.

We are calling on members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to reject this latest attempt to gamble with our state budget, and push costs onto hardworking families and health care providers. We need our leaders in Washington to protect health care for Pennsylvanians and not jeopardize our health and financial stability.

This plan is not a true replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but an attempt to strip millions of Pennsylvanians of the affordable, high-quality coverage on which they rely.  We are disappointed that Washington continues to rush through repeal legislation without adequate time to consider its impact on both coverage and the budget. This reckless behavior threatens the lives of real Pennsylvanians.”