Press Releases

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill Cancelled

Press Release
Washington
Elianne Ramos Phone: (646) 795-6284 Email: Elianne@latinainstitute.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the vote for the Senate’s latest version of the Affordable Care Act repeal bill, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, was cancelled. If passed, the bill would have, among other things, eliminated the ACA’s subsidies for private insurance, made being a woman a pre-existing condition again, put an end to Medicaid expansion, and gut Medicaid programs. Ann Marie Benitez, senior director of government relations for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement:

“Today we are relieved that Latinas, people with low-income, and communities of color will continue to have access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare. Thanks to the millions across the country who protested this shameful bill, and the legislators who did right by their communities, millions of people in the United States will be able to enjoy the care they need to live full, normal, and healthy lives. However, we know this fight is far from over. Conservative lawmakers will not stop until they’re able to deny lower-income and underserved communities access to life-saving healthcare. We won’t let them win. NLIRH will continue to stand strong as we advocate and bring voice to the need to expand health coverage, not deny it.”

For more information on NLIRH’s fight for health, dignity and justice, visit us at latinainstitute.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH.

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.