NCMS Expresses Deep Concern Over Latest ACA Repeal Proposal

capitol-buildingNorth Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) CEO Robert W. Seligson has been in regular contact with both of our US Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis on the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.

The latest proposal would repeal the ACA’s premium tax credits, cost-sharing reductions, small business tax credit and Medicaid expansion, and would provide temporary block grant funds through 2026 in lieu of the ACA’s spending on marketplace subsidies and the Medicaid expansion.

Seligson has expressed deep concerns to Sens. Burr and Tillis about the negative impact this legislation would have on North Carolina’s Medicaid program and its most vulnerable citizens.

The AMA has also sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) a letter outlining its opposition to the amended bill. Read the letter.

 
 

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2 Comments

  • Victor Bustard MD

    I do not know all the details of the new Senate bill but I do know that the current Obamacare program is a failure and is not sustainable.I believe that a plan which gives the states more control should be supported by NCMS and implemented as soon as possible. The ACA is not the way to run a health care program for the USA.

    • Chip Baggett

      Dr. Bustard, Thank you for your comment. We understand that many of our members agree with your comments. As your professional society, we have tried to focus on the impact that the ACA, and now replacement bills, would have on you and your patients. Our concerns so far are focused on the fact that nearly $1Billion in Federal subsidies will disappear from NC in the first year of the Graham-Cassidy proposal thereby destabilizing the insurance market. This could leave more than 100,000 NC citizens unable to afford health insurance and we can all outline the impact of losing coverage. I believe that we agree that more flexibility and State control would be a welcome change. We are still evaluating the lengthy proposal to test whether the words in the bill match the talking points on that issue. Again, thank you for your comments. Let’s keep the conversation going.