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NETWORK ACTION ALERT May 2, 2017
Action Alerts are shared through our networks via the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging www.n4a.org, the National Community Action Partnership www.communityactionpartnership.com & National Community Action Foundation www.ncaf.org You are receiving this alert because you’ve told us you care about community action issues and believe in helping people to be independent and advocating for those who can’t.

(AHCA) MEDICAID CUTS ARE UNACCEPTABLE

We expect the US House to vote on a version of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) within the next few days and we must pay attention to the next push on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Now is the time to connect with your federal lawmakers about the importance of protecting programs that keep vulnerable individuals and families living independently and safely in their own homes.

Unfortunately, the concerns with AHCA, when the House failed to take a vote on the bill, remain. AHCA 2.0 may even have worse implications for vulnerable populations, with enhanced state flexibility to waive the Essential Health Benefits or community rating rules, both critical provisions in ACA to a foundation of comprehensive health care coverage and prevent those with pre-existing conditions from being priced out of the market.

If states take up these new options, we are concerned that it will lead to restricted care and more expensive premiums for many—the consequences of which will drive higher health care costs on the back end, when these people can’t get the ambulatory care they need and wait to seek medical care until they need to go to the hospital or other institutions.

Perhaps most importantly to our national association, n4a, the bill changes Medicaid to a per-capita cap structure. The bill would cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid and could cause up to 24 million people to lose their health insurance coverage over a 10-year period. This would include cutting healthcare access to children while creating new barriers to care for their families. NWICA, along with its national and state associations oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as it does not adequately address the ACA issues and goes beyond ACA-related provisions to fundamentally undermine federal support for Medicaid, weakening this key health and long-term care safety net for older adults..

We are asking you to stay engaged in this process and share this alert with those in your network!


Ask Congress to reject the AHCA and its dangerous impact to vulnerable individuals. Call and share your personal stories… how might increasing the cost of health insurance negatively impact you or a loved one? Why you are concerned about state’s flexibility to price those with pre-existing conditions out of the market?


Let your Legislators know that while we understand the difficult fiscal constraints under which they are operating, we hope that they will make every effort in FY 2018 to prevent the erosion of, and reinforce commitment to, innovative, efficient and cost-effective programs that enable older Americans, low wage earning families, children, Veterans and those with disabilities to live at home and in their communities for as long as possible.

United States Senators represent the entire state, Indiana’s senators are: Joe Donnelly https://www.donnelly.senate.gov/ and Todd Young https://www.young.senate.gov/ . The U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District Congressman is Pete Visclosky https://visclosky.house.gov/ .

If you are not in northwest Indiana, use https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members to find your congressman or congresswoman.