Senate Health Care Bill and Trump Administration Budget and Tax Reform Proposals Represent Triple Hit on Low-income Children and Families

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The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities released a statement today on the impact the Senate health care bill will have on populations served by the Medicaid program.

“The Senate’s health care bill, H.R. 1628, The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, was developed without benefit of hearings, public debate or input from either health care consumers or health or human services professionals. As drafted, it would fundamentally alter our country’s health care and human services systems,” noted Susan N. Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

“We are particularly concerned about the proposed changes to the Medicaid program. The Medicaid program provides low-income children, adults, people with disabilities, and older adults access to the services they need to live healthy and productive lives. Like the House-passed American Health Care Act, this bill proposes to change the way Medicaid program is financed by the federal government. The changes will have a ripple effect on local and state economies as well as many other systems such as child welfare, education, and senior services.

The nonprofit, social services sector, which is uniquely positioned at the intersection of families, communities and the systems they rely on, believes there are essential elements needed to improve and reform our health care system. If we are to truly reform the system and bend the cost curve, we must provide health care consumers access to a minimum floor of essential benefits and preventative care, regardless of the state they live in. We must fulfill our nation’s promise to better integrate behavioral health and primary care. The health care system needs to factor in the social and…

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