Tuesday, June 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rachel Kerestes
Congressional Budget Office confirms that Better Care Reconciliation Act would cause Millions of Americans to Lose Coverage
WASHINGTON—In a statement issued today, Charlotte Haberaecker President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, urges the Senate to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017:
"The Congressional Budget Office confirmed that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would strip coverage from 22 million Americans—including 15 million who rely on Medicaid.
"Medicaid provides health care and long-term services and supports to 74 million Americans. Two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes, 39 percent of American children and over 10 million people with disabilities rely on the program. Stripping coverage away from the most vulnerable Americans will have serious impacts not just on those who lose coverage, but on working class and middle class families.
We urge Senators to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017."
Lutheran Services in America is the national network of Lutheran social ministry organizations—connecting over 300 health and human services nonprofit service providers located throughout the country. With over $21 billion in annual revenue and over 250,000 employees, Lutheran Services in America is one of largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. Together the network lifts up the nation’s most vulnerable people from children to seniors—making a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year.