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Statement on House Decision to Withdraw American Health Care Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders made the right choice today to withdraw their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans in the balance, this was a sound decision.

We know challenges remain to ensuring access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage for all people. We urge Congress and the administration to use today’s decision as an opportunity to work on bipartisan solutions to these challenges.

We look forward to working with policymakers to ensure stability for the insurance marketplace, essential hospitals, and other safety-net providers. This can start with averting damaging cuts this year to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and supporting programs that protect care for disadvantaged Americans.

With their long experience caring for vulnerable patients, our hospitals stand ready to serve as a resource as policymakers design a plan that achieves these goals and promotes innovation to improve care and reduce costs. All Americans and their families deserve a secure future that includes good health and the best possible health care.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our nearly 300 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care.

Contact:
Carl Graziano
cgraziano@essentialhospitals.org
202.585.0102

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