It’s Time to Move On to Thoughtful Solutions; Congress Should Turn to Fixing Health Care, Not Destroying It

By Kyle Taylor September 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 27, 2017

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Kyle Taylor, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD
ktaylor@NASTAD.org | 202.434.7134

It’s Time to Move On to Thoughtful Solutions; Congress Should Turn to Fixing Health Care, Not Destroying It

On September 26, Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced that he will not bring the latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill to the floor for a vote this week, dashing the last chance the Senate had to use the expedited budget reconciliation process for FY2017 ahead of the September 30 deadline. The “Graham-Cassidy bill” was the most harmful of the ACA repeal and replace bills that have been introduced so far and would have cut billions in Medicaid funding and private insurance subsidies, eroded important protections for pre-existing conditions, and resulted in millions of individuals losing their coverage, including people living with and at risk for HIV and hepatitis. 

“We applaud the Senators who stood up for vulnerable populations and refused to support this harmful bill,” noted NASTAD Executive Director Murray Penner.  “Working together, we have defeated bill after bill that reneges on the basic promise made by Republicans to protect people living with pre-existing conditions. We have shown that the HIV and hepatitis communities and the American public will not go back to a pre-ACA world where care was unaffordable and inaccessible to the people who need it most. We are eager for Congress to move on to bipartisan healthcare legislation that improves, instead of destabilizes, our healthcare system.”  

“Moving forward, we urge Congress to continue to protect access to insurance, Medicaid, and critical protections for people living with pre-existing conditions,” Penner concluded. NASTAD will continue to educate Congress on the importance of preserving coverage, affordability, and lifesaving services for people living with and at risk for HIV and hepatitis and is eager to work with Congress on bipartisan solutions to make the healthcare system work better.
 
About NASTAD
Founded in 1992, NASTAD is a leading non-partisan non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. and around the world. Our singular mission is to end the intersecting epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis, and related conditions. We do this work by strengthening domestic and global governmental public health through advocacy, capacity building, and social justice.

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