Sacramento - CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement today in response to Speaker Paul Ryan’s withdrawal of the American Health Care Act:
“We dodged a bullet today,” said Castellano-Garcia. “This is a major victory for community health centers, and the millions of people we serve, who have been fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act since President Trump was elected. Thanks to this vote, California’s community health centers can continue their mission of providing healthcare to everyone who is in need and improving the lives of those we serve.”
The American Health Care Act (also known as TrumpCare) would have rolled back the Medicaid Expansion, which has proven to be one of the most important aspects of the ACA, 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 healthcare rationing tools like Per Capita Cap and Block Grants, TrumpCare would have forced states to limit access and care for millions of hard working families who are just trying to get by.
Amendments added to the legislation at the eleventh hour failed to provide substantial and needed changes to the AHCA. In fact, they made the bill worse by allowing states to eliminate essential health care benefits like maternity care and mental health care.
With this vote behind us, CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates will continue our work addressing the primary care workforce crisis and ensuring access to care and coverage for everyone.
About the CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates
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.