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House Republicans Continue Work on Possible AHCA Deal, Pennsylvania Hospitals Remain Opposed

April 20, 2017

Earlier today, a variety of media outlets began reporting that Congressional Republicans may be close to reaching a deal on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Drafters of the revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) have not yet revealed the specific language of the bill. However, Pennsylvania hospitals continue to oppose efforts to repeal the ACA without an appropriate replacement to ensure continued coverage for the 1.1 million Pennsylvanians who have benefited from health care coverage through the health insurance marketplace, Medicaid expansion, and dependent coverage.

HAP opposed previous versions of the AHCA because the bill would have left far too many Pennsylvanians without the means to get affordable health coverage, and it would have weakened Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program. Such reductions in coverage would jeopardize the stability of the hospital safety net at a time when it is needed most.

HAP will provide a more thorough analysis of the pending legislative deal as soon as more information is available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Jeff Bechtel or Scott Bishop.

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