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Update: Graham-Cassidy bill


Posted on: 9/26/2017

Since January, it has been a priority of this Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The American Case Management Association (ACMA) has encouraged our elected leaders to work together to craft a bill that would support the healthcare system in a way that improve access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare for all Americans. However, the U.S. Senate has failed to produce a proposal that would do just that. Most recently, Senate leadership was supportive of a proposal from Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), known as the “Graham-Cassidy” bill, that would cut federal spending on Medicaid and roll back important patient protections mandated by the ACA.

ACMA opposes this legislation, along with other prominent healthcare industry associations like the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Cancer Society. Slashing spending on Medicaid and rolling back patient protections would increase out of pocket costs for all consumers, limit coverage for older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions, and would potentially cancel coverage for millions of vulnerable Americans.

On September 25, 2017, ACMA sent a letter to all 100 Senators urging them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill and to work together to find solutions to stabilize the healthcare system. By working together, Congress can design a new healthcare system that will deliver world class care, while limiting premium increases, covering pre-existing conditions, and protecting Medicaid. ACMA stands ready to work with the Congress to design a new healthcare system that will ensure that every American has quality healthcare that is accessible, affordable and available.

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