Statement by Sarah Krevans, president and CEO, on the Graham-Cassidy health care amendment
“The Graham-Cassidy amendment marks yet another attempt to take a significant step backward for health care in this country. By proposing to roll back the gains that have been made under the ACA, this amendment paints a bleak picture of more Americans without health insurance and fewer protections for vulnerable populations and those with preexisting conditions.
“I’m particularly concerned about what the Graham-Cassidy amendment would mean for the poor who receive their care through Medicaid. The proposed reductions would be devastating and put the health care coverage of millions of Californians at risk, including children, seniors and working families.
“In California, 5 million people have gained access to health insurance under the ACA. Estimates show that California would be the most negatively impacted state in the country, with a possible reduction in federal health care funding of $148 billion between 2020 and 2026 and $57.5 billion annually after 2027. Also in jeopardy is funding for 1.3 million Medi-Cal eligible children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Taking care away from those who need it most is not the answer. We should be working together on reforms and solutions that expand access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”
To view Krevans’ previous statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, please visit: http://news.sutterhealth.org/2017/06/27/statement-by-sarah-krevans-president-and-ceo-on-the-better-care-reconciliation-act/.