Posted on July 20, 2017
A promised vote by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was canceled the week of July 17 when it became apparent there were not enough Republican votes for the legislation to win the chamber’s approval. Despite revisions made to the Better Care Reconciliation Act in an attempt to garner support, the Medicaid cuts the bill called for and the threat the legislation posed to healthcare coverage for more than 22 million Americans continued to fuel a grassroots effort against the legislation, including advocacy efforts by the American Hospital Association and the MHA and its member hospitals.
“Throughout the debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association has remained committed to one of our core values — that every resident in Michigan deserves affordable, high-quality healthcare coverage and access to care in the right place at the right time,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “The Senate’s plan to cut Medicaid funding would have absolutely devastated the care and services available to our most vulnerable neighbors, including the elderly, children and low-income families. Both the Senate and House plans put our patients, hospitals and communities at risk and, for that reason, we steadfastly opposed congressional efforts to repeal the ACA.”
Since efforts to repeal and replace the ACA first kicked off in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, the MHA has consistently advocated for a thoughtful, responsible approach to fixing the law. As part of its advocacy efforts, the MHA launched a digital effort to provide resources and information to members and conducted a number of meetings between member hospitals and members of Michigan’s congressional delegation.
“We want to strengthen the health and well-being of Michigan residents, so our advocacy efforts have focused on looking at ways we can work with our elected officials to protect healthcare coverage and access to high-quality, affordable care,” Peters said. “We hope the Trump administration and Congress will regroup and work with the healthcare community in Michigan and across the nation on repairs and refinements to the ACA that protect healthcare coverage and create a healthcare system that can stand the test of time.”
While the plan for how Congress and the Trump administration will pursue repealing and replacing the ACA is unclear at this time, the MHA will continue to provide updates, information and resources to members as they become available. For more information, visit the MHA’s ACA Repeal & Replace webpage. Members with questions should contact Laura Appel or Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.
Photo caption: MHA CEO Brian Peters spoke with American Hospital Association President Rick Pollack (left) in Washington, DC, while Congress continued to deliberate the fate of the Affordable Care Act.
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