Sacramento - CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement today in response to the Manager’s amendments to the American Health Care Act:
“I am extremely disappointed in the Manager’s amendments to the American Health Care Act that were announced last night. It was a bad bill when it was introduced and these amendments don’t make it any better,” said Castellano-Garcia. “This bill continues to abandon California’s most vulnerable communities and continues to roll back foundational safety-net programs like the Medicaid Expansion.”
The American Health Care Act (also known as TrumpCare) rolls back the Medicaid Expansion, which has proven to be one of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act, providing comprehensive coverage to some of the most chronically ill people who have no other healthcare options. Using federal funding cuts that start in 2019, and block grants or per capital cap funding formulas, TrumpCare will force states to limit eligibility and care, eliminating access to care for millions of hard working families who are just trying to get by.
The Manager’s amendments accelerate the tax cuts for the wealthy and provide only nominal additional relief for lower-income individuals - they do not make the bill better.
Castellano-Garcia shared her thoughts on the American Health Care Act in a recent blog titled “TrumpCare – It’s as bad as we imagined.”
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CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is committed to advancing the mission of California’s community health centers, who provide care to one in seven Californians each year. Community health centers provide comprehensive, high quality health care to everyone who walks through their doors, in a compassionate and culturally sensitive manner.
Community health centers include federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and FQHC look-a-likes, community clinics, free clinics, rural health clinics, migrant health centers, Indian health service clinics, and family planning clinics.
Services include comprehensive primary and preventive care, women’s health, dental, mental health, substance use treatment, health education, outreach and enrollment, pharmacy and more.