A coalition of Vermont health care organizations has formed to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and clearly state that its passage by the United States House of Representatives is a major setback for health care in our country. The AHCA threatens Vermonters’ access to affordable health insurance coverage and violates Vermont’s core values.
If it becomes law, the AHCA will severely reverse gains made at the national level by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including increased coverage levels and affordability, and other protections such as mental health parity. A March 2017 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report found that up to 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance under the AHCA. While the revised bill was passed before the CBO could issue an updated forecast, it is clear that the impact will be significant. The AHCA will increase the number of uninsured Vermonters and harm Vermont’s health care system and economy.
The coalition includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the Office of the Health Care Advocate, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Vermont Care Partners, the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured, and the Vermont Medical Society.
Each of these organizations is committed to improving access to high quality, affordable health care in Vermont and continues to work independently and in collaboration toward this united goal. The coalition calls on the US Senate to reject the AHCA and any other efforts to roll back access to affordable, high quality health care.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Andrew Garland | Vice President of Client Relations and External Affairs
Office of the Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
Mike Fisher | Chief Health Care Advocate
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Meagan Gallagher | President & CEO
The University of Vermont Medical Center
Mike Noble | Senior Media Relations Strategist
Vermont Association of Hospital and Health Systems
Devon Green | Vice President of Government Relations
VAHHS Statement on AHCA: http://vahhs.org/aca-repeal-vote.html
Vermont Care Partners
Julie Tessler | Executive Director
Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured
Laura Hale, Executive Director
Peter Youngbaer, President
Vermont Medical Society
Justin Campfield | Communications
VMS Statement on AHCA: http://www.vtmd.org/vms-releases-statement-ahca