The latest score released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the House version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which seeks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, solidifies our concerns that it will result in millions of Americans losing the health insurance coverage that they depend on to help them get the right care, at the right time, at the right place. 

The AHCA will leave 23 million more people uninsured, including the tens of thousands of Granite State residents who were able to secure vital health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, AHCA would cut Medicaid funding by $834 billion over the next ten years and would continue to cut more than $1.5 billion in Medicare reimbursements from hospitals in New Hampshire through 2026, negatively impacting their ability to serve the patients and communities who depend on them every day.  

CBO’s latest score of the AHCA does nothing but reinforce our concerns that it jeopardizes health care coverage for millions of our most vulnerable citizens.  We will continue to work with Congress to support legislation that protects coverage for those who have it and provides coverage for those who need it most. 

 

Steve Ahnen is president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association