FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—With its two votes on repeal legislation over the past day, the Senate has rejected massive cuts to Medicaid and acknowledged the harm these policies would cause to millions of Americans. But the alternative lawmakers now are considering—the so-called “skinny” repeal bill—isn’t a solution.
While it doesn’t directly affect Medicaid, it still would badly undermine coverage and access by destabilizing the private marketplace. Estimates are the skinny option would cause 16 million people to lose coverage, including 7 million current Medicaid beneficiaries. It also would drive up uncompensated care at hospitals, as people leave the insurance market and, instead, rely on costly emergency departments for their health care needs.
Any reform plan must preserve the gains we’ve made in coverage and protect hospitals that care for the most vulnerable. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and craft a bipartisan solution the American people want and support.
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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 more than 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.