The Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill will be Terrible for Alaska: Tell Our Senators to Vote No
By Ghert Abbott
September 25, 2017
This is what we know so far. Under Graham-Cassidy, Alaska’s ACA Medicaid expansion would be rolled back and eventually eliminated. Alaskan Medicaid would be severely cut through a block grant system and ACA market subsidies reduced. The money cut from Medicaid expansion states like Alaska would then be given to states that have refused to take part in the Medicaid expansion program. Senator Cassidy has outright admitted that this will result in many Alaskans losing healthcare coverage: “We recognize there are circumstances where states that expanded Medicaid will have to really ratchet down their coverage.” Reduced coverage means many Alaskans will die for lack of affordable care.
Furthermore, under Graham-Cassidy, Federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions would be all but eliminated, as insurance companies would now be able to receive waivers allowing them to deny coverage and charge higher premiums based on healthcare history. So Graham-Cassidy deprives the states of the money they need to provide affordable insurance to their people, while also making healthcare more expensive and less accessible for those who need it the most. It is an absolutely appalling piece of legislation, with no redeeming features.
I urge you to call Senator Dan Sullivan (202-224-3004) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (202-224-6665) and tell them that Alaska says NO to Graham-Cassidy.
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Received September 20, 2017 - Published September 25, 2017
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