FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Converting Medicaid to Per Capita Caps Puts our Nation's Most Vulnerable People at Risk -- Denying Coverage for People with Pre-Existing Conditions would be Devastating for those with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities
WASHINGTON - Lutheran Services in America President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker issued the following statement on the American Health Care Act:
“The latest version of the American Health Care Act will jeopardize the health care and long term services and supports of millions of Americans by fundamentally restructuring Medicaidi n the form of per capita caps, decreasing federal spending on Medicaid and reducing overall levels of health care coverage.
“Two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes, 39 percent of American children and over ten million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid. Converting Medicaid to a per capita cap program will put our nation’s most vulnerable people at risk.
"Furthermore, we oppose the bill's new provisions that eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. These provisions would be devastating to people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
“We urge members of the House of Representatives to reject the American Health Care Act.”
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.