Please find an action alert from the American Public Health Association below.
Last month, the House voted on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), named the American Healthcare Act (AHCA). Straying from the normal vetting process for a bill of the magnitude of the AHCA, the House leadership did not wait for the Congressional Budget Office to provide an analysis on the impact of the bill.
Last week, the Senate began to draft their version of the AHCA health bill, which from what we know of the House version, would strip 23 million Americans of their health insurance, roll back the patient protections now considered standard, and gut funding to the Centers for Disease Control. Unfortunately, the Senate draft of the bill has had no hearings, and no publicly available drafts for anyone to view and offer amendments.
The AHCA would be disastrous for many Americans and for the field of public health in many ways:
- Cuts 12% of the budget for the CDC through elimination of the Prevention and Public Health Fund
- Phases out Medicaid expansion
- Block funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides significant access to care for many Americans
- Allows insurers to opt-out of providing coverage for the 10 essential public health services including:
- maternity care
- mental health and substance abuse treatment services and
- prescription drug coverage
To learn more about how you can support and protect public health: APHA Action Alerts