|[March 15, 2017]
AHCA Will Increase Hunger, Poverty
Bread for the World is concerned that 24 million people, including 14
million on Medicaid, would lose health insurance coverage under the
House Republican's replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The
replacement would increase hunger and poverty in the United States.
"The proposed American Health Care Act would have a devastating impact
on poor and elderly people, driving many deeper into hunger and
poverty," said Eric Mitchell, director of government relations at Bread
for the World. "Fourteen million of the poorest Americans would lose
their Medicaid coverage. Oftentimes, people without health insurance
must choose between putting food on the table and receiving medical
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would cut Medicaid funding by $880
billion over 10 years, according to an analysis by the Congressional
Budget Office (CBO). The AHCA would cap Medicaid funding to the states
and eliminate he ACA Medicaid expansion. States would receive less
money to cover children, the poor, the elderly, and the disabled,
resulting in the rationing of health care. Approximately 68 million
Americans receive health insurance through the Medicaid program.
The AHCA would also cut subsidies that have made it possible for
millions of families to buy health insurance, dramatically raising costs
for the poor and elderly. Before the ACA, 1 in 3 people with chronic
medical conditions had to choose between paying for medical treatment
and purchasing food for their family.
"Families who struggle to make ends meet are often driven deeper into
hunger and poverty because of medical bills," Mitchell added. "Medicaid
has helped make it possible for millions to overcome this. Capping
funding for Medicaid will mean that many qualified people will not be
covered by the program. And those who are will not receive the same
quality of care. Costs will go up and families will suffer. This is not
what Americans were promised."
Bread for the World (www.bread.org)
is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to
end hunger at home and abroad.
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