Update on the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA) Bill - action requested

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

New Developments with “American Health Care Act” – Action Needed
There is RENEWED MOMENTUM for a vote on the American Health Care Care (AHCA) because of a new amendment, called the Upton-Long amendment. A vote could occur on Friday and Congressional leaders are asking members to stay in town for that vote.

The AHCA would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and cut $839 billion from Medicaid.

  • Wisconsin has 1.2 million people in Medicaid who could be hurt by these cuts.

The AHCA would allow states to roll back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including making essential benefits optional.

  • 2.5 million Wisconsinites have a pre-existing condition.
  • Without the ACA protections, they could be denied coverage, charged unaffordable prices for insurance, or have lifetime limits for insurance coverage.
  • If essential benefits are not required, insurance plans will not be required to cover vital services such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, outpatient services, mental health services, substance abuse disorder treatment, and much more.

The potential Upton-Long amendment would add $8 billion for high risk pools, but DOES NOT fix the $839 billion in cuts …to Medicaid. The pools themselves will provide little protection for people with pre-existing conditions.

  • High Risk Insurance Pools have been tested in Wisconsin and failed to provide affordable, comprehensive insurance coverage for many people with disabilities and people with chronic medical or pre-existing conditions.

Suggested Action:
The two Congressional representatives in Wisconsin who have not publicly indicated where they stand are Representatives Duffy and Gallagher.

Call THEM today and ask them to vote NO on the American Health Care Act because it will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid services that are essential to people with disabilities and many others, and allow states to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions.

  • Rep. Sean Duffy Phone: (202) 225–3365 or (855) 585–4251(toll-free)
  • Rep. Mike Gallagher: Phone: 202–225–5665

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