Passage of this bill would be an unconscionable assault on the health of all Americans, but most particularly on people who are living with HIV.
BOSTON, MA (PRWEB)
June 27, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a U.S. Senate bill to repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), would result in 22 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 as compared with what would be expected under current law.
More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the ACA, and from 2013 to 2015—after key provisions of the ACA that expanded eligibility for Medicaid went into effect—rates of uninsurance among lesbian, gay and bisexual people were cut in half, from 22% to 11%. Rates of uninsurance among low-income transgender people dropped from 59% in 2013 to 35% in 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, rates of uninsurance among people living with HIV dropped from 22% to 15%. Over the same period, rates of uninsurance among Black Americans dropped from 19% to 11%.
“Passage of this bill would be an unconscionable assault on the health of all Americans, but most particularly on people who are living with HIV. If they lose affordable access to life-saving medicine, they will become sick and die prematurely,” said Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health. “We will also lose the gains that have been made in the last five years in reducing uninsurance rates for LGBT people, Black people, and all Americans.”
The BCRA would make significant cuts to Medicaid, a public health insurance program for…