Recently, healthcare organizations and community members signed a letter urging Senators Roberts and Moran to protect health care in Kansas and reject the AHCA. Read their letter below:

 

 

The Honorable Pat Roberts
United States Senate
109 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Jerry Moran
United States Senate
521 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

 

June 14, 2017

 

Dear Senators Roberts and Moran:

As organizations that represent tens of thousands of Kansans, we are writing to urge you to reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Members of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas wrote to both of you in January to urge you to avoid repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without putting in place a credible replacement. We asked that any changes made to the ACA focus on protecting and expanding affordable coverage to Kansans, as well as improving quality and value.

Unfortunately, the House version of the AHCA will result in massive coverage losses in Kansas and across the nation. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the nonpartisan scorekeeper for federal legislation, estimates that under the AHCA, 23 million fewer Americans will have health coverage in 2026. Tens of thousands of them will be Kansans. Others, primarily older and lower income Kansans, will see significant increases in their premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Those living with preexisting conditions could be priced out of the market and lose access to critical care.

Most concerning to us, however, is the impact the AHCA will have on Medicaid. Per capita caps, coupled with cuts of more than $830 billion over the next decade, will devastate this program. The Urban Institute estimates that Kansas would lose at least $1 billion in federal funding. This loss will strain the state budget and result in cuts in eligibility and services.

Most Medicaid beneficiaries are children, Kansans with disabilities, and seniors. They are the ones who will be harmed by these cuts. Significant reductions in Medicaid revenue will also threaten the viability of hospitals and other health care providers, especially in rural communities.

Beyond protecting Medicaid, we urge you to preserve Kansas’ ability to expand the program. Medicaid expansion enjoys broad support and was passed overwhelmingly by the Kansas legislature. The AHCA, however, prohibits Kansas from joining the 31 other states that have expanded the program. This prohibition takes away the opportunity to enhance access to care for more than 150,000 Kansans, protect hospitals and rural communities, and create jobs. Without expansion, federal funding to Kansas will be permanently disadvantaged relative to other states.

We urge you to reject the House version of the AHCA and say no to per capita caps, cuts to Medicaid, and the prohibition on Medicaid expansion. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to strengthen and improve the health care system.

Sincerely,

Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

Agape Health Clinic

American Heart Association

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging

Community Action Partnership

Communities Creating Opportunity

Community Health Center in Cowley County, Inc.

Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

Disability Rights Center of Kansas

Easterseals Capper Foundation

Falling Forward Foundation

Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Health Reform Resource Project

HealthCore Clinic, Inc.

InterHab, Inc.

Jenian, Inc.

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Johnson County Mental Health

KanCare Advocates Network

Kansas Action for Children

Kansas Advocates for Better Care

Kansas Appleseed

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU)

Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities (k4ad)

Kansas Association of Community Action Programs

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

 

 

Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Kansas Farmers Union

Kansas Home Care Association

Kansas Hospital Association

KidsTLC

KOSE

Labette Assistance Center

LWVK

Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital

Medical Service Bureau, Inc.

Minds Matter LLC

Mother & Child Health Coalition

NAMI Kansas – National Alliance on Mental Illness

NJWeems LLC

Oral Health Kansas, Inc.

Ralston Farms

REACH Healthcare Foundation

Rosedale Development Association

SouthWest Kansas Area Agency On Aging

Sunflower Foundation

Topeka Independent Living Resource Center

Unified Community Services of Johnson County

Women for Kansas – Wichita

Women for Kansas, League of Women Voters

Wyandot Inc.

Via Christi Health, Inc.