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One in four patients counts on Medicaid for their care, but now Congressional leaders are planning to take away care from millions of Americans, including 750,000 Washingtonians, with cuts to this critical program.

Because of our work more than 16 million Americans who didn’t have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now have access to quality, affordable coverage. The Affordable Care Act is making healthcare more affordable for all Americans, regardless of where they live or work.

But now Congressional leaders are working to slash coverage for millions of Americans who gained it through the Medicaid expansion, end Medicaid as we know it, and replace it with a system that would limit Medicaid funding that states receive from the federal government each year, regardless of the cost of providing that care.

Americans everywhere think Medicaid is working and realize how important it is to helping families afford nursing home care, home care, or in providing care to people with severe disabilities. All of this is now at risk as some extremist members of Congress are pushing through a secretive healthcare repeal plan that would harm millions of Americans — including children, seniors and people with disabilities.

This would mean higher costs and less care for millions of our families, patients, consumers and our communities.

This rollback plan will impact all of us:

  • Insurance companies will be able to charge people with pre-existing conditions more or deny them coverage if they had a break in coverage for any reason.
  • It would end the guarantee that insurance companies must cover people with pre-existing conditions and forces many of the sickest Americans into unaffordable “high-risk pools” that offer minimal coverage.
  • It would drastically cut tax credits that working people currently count on.
  • It would end the requirement that health insurance companies cover vaccinations, birth control, and preventative care such as cancer screenings with no additional out-of- pocket costs.
  • Allows insurers to charge older people premiums that are five times higher than those charged to the youngest people in the market.

Congress needs to show us a real, comprehensive plan to keep our families, patients, consumers and communities covered before they vote to take away the healthcare we depend on. We need care, not chaos.

March 8th, 2017

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