As early as next Monday, Sept 25th Congress could be voting on the newest Affordable Care Act Repeal bill: Graham-Cassidy.
This bill hurts immigrant families.
The Graham Cassidy repeal bill is dangerous and we MUST do everything we can to stop this bill in its tracks before it harms families. If this bill passes, it would:
- Eliminate the financial assistance that helps low- and moderate-income families purchase health care coverage;
- End expanded Medicaid coverage that helps millions of low-income adults;
- Jeopardize access to the most effective treatments for addiction and weaken states’ efforts to address the current crisis of drug overdose deaths;
- Undermine essential protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including HIV;
- Resurrect – and worsen – the devastating cuts in coverage and benefits that the American public and the majority of Congress have already rejected.
- Attack women’s health, as it removes protection from preexisting conditions.
- Additionally, the state of Illinois would lose $1.4 billion in federal Medicaid funding by 2026, rising to $9.26 billion in 2027.
Call Gov. Bruce Rauner at 312-814-2121 NOW and demand that he publicly oppose the Graham Cassidy proposal. Governors have proven to be crucial in building opposition to ACA repeal in Congress.
Other serious problems with the Graham Cassidy proposal include:
- The elimination of the Marketplaces & subsidies would eliminate the option for many immigrants who are not eligible for Medicaid or CHIP to obtain quality, affordable health coverage. It would be a huge step backward and create a loss of coverage in immigrant and mixed-status families.
- The bill houses its new program—a block grant to states to address health issues in a variety of ways—is housed in the CHIP program. By our reading, this means that the funds available for states must follow CHIP eligibility rules—meaning they are limited to qualified immigrants (unless a state elects to cover lawfully present children and/or pregnant women)
- The bill would strike from the law some good language regarding privacy and protecting mixed-status that has provided a model for how programs should be structured, for instance explicitly stating that only information necessary for determining eligibility can be collected. Without the underlying ACA Marketplaces, substantively it might not have much effect, but it eliminates a model policy we have often uplifted.
Take Action Now! Call Gov. Rauner and learn more at ProtectOurCareIL.org!