Fight Continues as Bill Moves to the Senate for Consideration
LOS ANGELES – May 4, 2017– Today the United States House of Representatives moved forward with its plan to dismantle major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is troubled by the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its devastating potential on California’s most vulnerable communities. CCALAC is encouraging its member clinics, the public and community leaders to continue their advocacy to keep the AHCA from moving forward.
“The AHCA would disrupt the ability of all Americans to continue to access health care; including the elderly, young adults, veterans, those struggling with addiction, those with pre-existing conditions and many, many more hard working Americans and their families.” Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of CCALAC, said. “The fight isn’t over to save our health care. We now have to make our message heard. Patients and providers alike need to get loud. The Senate needs to know that this bill would have a devastating impact on our communities and the safety net that serves them.”
Because of the ACA, 1.5 million residents in Los Angeles County received health care coverage through the Medicaid expansion or Covered California. For the first time in their history, LA clinics went from majority uninsured to majority insured patients. Even under a partial repeal, many will likely lose coverage and remain uninsured. According to a recent study by University of California Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, Los Angeles County would see a loss of 63,000 jobs and a loss of $5.8 billion in gross domestic product (GDP).
“This fight isn’t over. We all need to pick up our phones and call our Senators to let them know that this bill goes against the values of California and the nation,” McCarthy said.
THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 61 members that operate nearly 300 clinic sites throughout the County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.
Alex Medina, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017