National Health Council Statement on American Health Care Act

Washington, DC (March 7, 2017) - The National Health Council (NHC) sent a letter to Congress on the American Health Care Act.

The following statement is from NHC’s Chief Executive Officer, Marc Boutin: 

"We are pleased House Republicans have kept many patient protections, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, lifetime and annual limits, and the maximum out-of-pocket limits, in the American Health Care Act.  However, we are apprehensive that some of the aspects of the proposal will create undue burdens on patients with chronic diseases and disabilities. We are concerned about the repeal of Medicaid expansion and the reduction of subsidies resulting in the eventual loss of access and reduced affordability for the nation's most vulnerable. In addition, the NHC is troubled that eliminating cost-sharing subsidies will have the greatest impact on those who need to utilize the health care system the most – those with chronic conditions.

We are reviewing the details of the bill and are eager to work with Congress to ensure it is putting patients first so that those with chronic diseases and disabilities have meaningful and affordable access to the care they need."

Founded in 1920, the NHC is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of more than 100 national health-related organizations and businesses, the NHC's core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance and policy-making process. Other members include professional and membership associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and representatives from the pharmaceutical, generic drug, insurance, medical device, and biotechnology industries.