Members of Congress Must Pass Legislation to Protect Our Health Care
LOS ANGELES – October 13, 2017 – Today, Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement urging members of Congress to pass legislation that would protect our health care, in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration will end cost-sharing reduction subsidies – a blow to insurers selling in the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act and impacting many low-income patients.
“Our future already hangs in the balance, with funding for key safety net programs stalled in Congress,” McCarthy said.
“These recent executive orders will further destabilize the safety net and impact our entire health system.”
The decision would cut $7 billion in funding for cost-sharing reductions in the ACA, which would lead to drastically increased premiums. Covered California, the state-based individual health care marketplace, has already announced an imposed 12.4% rate increase on their Silver-tier plans.
With a looming unraveling of the health insurance markets, the orders will undoubtedly affect access to care, and millions of patients who need financial assistance to afford their insurance.
At the same time, Community Health Centers face a loss of 70% of federal access funding, elimination of key workforce programs, and the expiration of the Children’s Health Insurance Program at the end of the year.
“We call on Congress to act now to stabilize our health care system – protect the CSRs, fund the Health Centers, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs,” McCarthy urged.
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 62 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA 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.
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017