House Passage of the American Health Care Act Puts Seniors, Children and People with Disabilities at Risk

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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House Passage of the American Health Care Act Puts Seniors, Children and People with Disabilities at Risk

Lutheran Services in America Urges Senators to Vote No

 

WASHINGTON - Lutheran Services in America President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker issued the following statement on the passage of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives:

“The passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives puts two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes, 39 percent of American children and over ten million people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid coverage in jeopardy. 
 
“14 million of America's most vulnerable people rely on Medicaid for health care and long term care services and supports.  

"Further, the American Health Care Act weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions--a move that will be devastating for people with chronic diseases and disabilities. 

“We urge the Senate to reject this Act.”

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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.

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