In Response to the AHCA...

Today, the U.S House of Representatives voted 217-213 to approve the American Health Care Act, which repeals portions of the Affordable Care Act and fundamentally, permanently, and devastatingly alters the Medicaid program. EverThrive Illinois is deeply disappointed by this action, including the decision of the seven GOP members from the Illinois Congressional Delegation to support this bill.

 
The AHCA, should it be approved by the Senate, will have a particularly drastic and negative impact on women and children in Illinois and across the country:

 


 
However, the most immoral, cruel, and irresponsible provisions of the bill relate to the Medicaid program, which provides affordable high quality insurance for more than 3 million Illinoisans, including half of all children in this state. The American Health Care Act will cut $800 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, which will result in a loss of at least $40 billion in federal funding for Medicaid in Illinois. As we face the prospect of a third year without a state budget, this bill could rapidly escalate the crisis.

 
EverThrive  IL commends the members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation who acted as champions for and voted against this dangerous bill. Now, we look to Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth to stand up in the next chapter of this fight. Now is not the time to back down. We must stand together, lean into this conversation, and continue advocating for the children, seniors, people with disabilities, pregnant women, families and those with pre-existing conditions who will be paying a dangerous price if this ill-conceived bill becomes law. 


Thank you for the work that you do. We look forward to continuing the fight beside you.



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Date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017
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