The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) carefully reviewed the latest health care proposal, commonly known as Graham-Cassidy bill, and we do not believe it best serves the patients, people and communities of our state. We agree with those who say changes are needed to the current health care law, but we do not think the changes put forth in this bill are the right ones.
President & CEO Greg Vigdor released a short video expressing AzHHA’s position on the Graham-Cassidy bill late yesterday. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
Our opposition to this bill has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative or Democrat vs Republican, and everything to do with what we believe Arizona needs to ensure that the people of our state can access the health care they need. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not considered ‘liberal,’ yet he is one of many so-called ‘conservative’ politicians and/or groups who oppose this legislation.
Many well respected national organizations oppose this bill. According to the New York Times:
The two major trade groups for insurers, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans, announced their opposition on Wednesday to the Graham-Cassidy bill. They joined other groups fighting the bill, such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, AARP and the lobbying arm of the American Cancer Society.
Other organizations opposed to the bill include:
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- American Lung Association
- Arthritis Foundation
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- March of Dimes
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Arizona Republic wrote about the analysis released yesterday Avalere Health, a Washington-based consultant, that estimated the Graham-Cassidy bill would cut $215 billion in federal payments to states through 2026…..and Arizona could be among the state’s hardest hit.
States like Arizona that took Obamacare funding to expand Medicaid for low-income earners would see the most significant reduction in federal funding.
The Avalere report predicts that Arizona would lose $11 billion by 2026. That amount would swell to $133 billion through 2036, the report said.
States such as Texas and Mississippi, which did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare, would fare much better, the Avalere analysis shows.
We will continue to work with our state leaders to encourage them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal. We’d love to hear your thoughts about it. If you think it will benefit Arizona….let us know why. Generating meaningful dialogue around the health issues affecting Arizonans is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!