The American Medical Association today released a letter to members of Congress urging them to oppose the American Health Care Act, citing projections that it will cost millions of Americans their health insurance coverage.
The AMA noted that it is necessary to continue finding new ways to provide Americans with affordable health insurance, but the AHCA “pushes policy in the wrong direction,” according to an AMA press release.
“Health insurance coverage is critically important. Without it, millions of American families could be just one serious illness or accident away from losing their home, business, or life savings. The AMA has long supported the availability of advanceable and refundable tax credits, inversely related to income, as a means to assist individuals and families to purchase health insurance,” the AMA wrote in its letter.
According to the association, the law is significantly more generous than the proposed tax credits under the AHCA. If approved, millions of Americans will not be able to purchase insurance coverage.
“We also remain deeply concerned with the reduction of federal support for the Medicaid program and the resulting significant loss of coverage. Medicaid expansion has provided access to critical services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, for millions. Not only will the AHCA force many states to roll back coverage to these millions of previously ineligible individuals, but the significant reduction in federal support for the program will inevitably have serious implications for all Medicaid beneficiaries, including the elderly, disabled, children, and pregnant women, as well,” the AMA wrote.
The association noted it will continue to work with Congress on proposals to increase opportunities for Americans to purchase quality, affordable health insurance.