Issue: Insurance - Page 5

IHA Statement: AHCA House Vote

The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) and Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are disappointed with the results of today’s vote in the US House of Representatives on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We have serious concerns that the proposed legislation would cause harm to vulnerable patients, the health care delivery system, the state budget and the state economy.

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AHCA Remains a Threat to Iowans’ Health

The US House of Representatives is still considering the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a legislative package to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make major changes to the Medicaid program. A vote could occur yet this week. Iowans should contact their US Representative and ask him NOT to support AHCA if it comes to the House floor for a vote.

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IHA Statement on AHCA

The Iowa Hospital Association is pleased that the American Health Care Act was not pushed through the House on a wave of political pressure. There is far too much at stake – and too many unanswered questions – to force through a bill that would jeopardize health insurance coverage for more than 20 million Americans, including 200,000 Iowans.

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AHCA: Bad for Iowans and Iowa

Iowa hospitals are urging the state’s congressional delegation to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill designed to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and which is expected to be voted on in the House today. It’s estimated that this legislation would cause 24 million Americans to lose insurance coverage. In Iowa, it is estimated that the 200,000 individuals who gained coverage under the ACA would lose their health care coverage.

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5 Ways Replacement Reverses ACA Course

In some cases the elements of the law that remain are due to political popularity. In others, it’s because the special budget rules Congress is using — so Republicans can avoid a Senate filibuster — do not allow them to repeal the entire law. But there are some major changes in how people would choose and pay for health care and insurance. Here are some of the biggest.

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ACA Replacement would be Harmful to Iowans

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it has achieved important progress by insuring more Americans, providing greater access to high-quality health care and bringing greater stability to health care finances, among other improvements. As our federal legislators consider the future of the ACA, Iowa hospitals are asking Congress to abide by the adage: “Do no harm.” Unfortunately, this first attempt fails to uphold that principle.

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