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Thursday, June 22, 2017

NLIRH TO SENATORS: OUR LIVES ARE ON THE LINE

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

For Immediate Release​

NLIRH TO SENATORS: OUR LIVES ARE ON THE LINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate GOP has released the latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill. A vote on the bill is anticipated for next week. Bethany Van Kampen, policy analyst for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, issued the following statement:​

“It does not matter how many times the AHCA is re-written, it will continue to be a draconian bill that threatens to roll back the progress we have made towards improving healthcare coverage and affordability for millions of people, specifically women of color. The Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act includes provisions that would gut the Medicaid program, of which over a quarter of Latinas of reproductive age are enrolled. There is no way around it: eliminating Medicaid as we know it would decimate healthcare access for Latinas. In addition, the Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act would defund Planned Parenthood for a year, an essential source for quality healthcare for communities of color.”​

“ By rushing such a critical vote, the GOP is sending a message that they have no interest in policy solutions that prioritize the health of our families and communities. The people of this country are tired of politicians playing politics with our lives and are not fooled by the GOP’s latest attempt to deny them of affordable, effective, and critical healthcare.We urge the Senators to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Our lives are on the line.”

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.