Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Posted by: Theresa Field
The American Health Care Act 2017 (AHCA) known as H.R. 1628 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 prior to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. Despite our efforts to communicate with House leadership, the bill passed. We appreciate all of our members who contacted their representatives to advocate against the bill’s passage.
The CBO report dated May 24, 2017 reveals “…in 2018, 14 more million Americans would be uninsured under H.R. 1628 than under current law…” In 2026, it is estimated that 23 million Americans will be uninsured under this current bill. The CBO also describes rising cost of premiums for those with pre-existing conditions that makes this health care coverage unattainable. See the full report: https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/hr1628aspassed.pdf. In its current form, this AHCA bill will have a negative impact on heart failure patients to receive cost-effective access to care.
Fortunately, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has assembled a Senate work group to address the lack of coverage presented in the AHCA. As this work group attempts to address the issues within the AHCA, we need your assistance to help shape this legislation!
We are asking each member to contact their U.S. Senators to discuss how this bill could negatively impact access to care and therefore increase mortality, morbidity, and decrease quality of life in our patients with heart failure. Share examples of the challenges HF patients experience who currently lack insurance as well of examples of how lives are improved with adequate coverage. Also, assist and encourage your patients to do the same. If we don’t share these facts, Congress will potentially make decisions that will worsen patient outcomes. It is important that we make our voices heard and advocate for our patients.
Contact the U.S. Capitol at 202-224-3121 (follow the prompts to reach your U.S. Senators) or go to https://www.senate.gov/ and select Find Your Senator. It will send you to their web page so you can email or contact their office directly.
Thank you again for your support.