Congress is making a final attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with the Graham-Cassidy bill. This bill reduces federal funding to states by $215 Billion
. A majority of these cuts are to the Medicaid program, the largest provider
of health coverage for low-income Americans. Medicaid is particularly vital to people experiencing homelessness and the Health Care for the Homeless community broadly.
In a country with 28 million
uninsured, and many states still struggling
to provide for their most vulnerable populations, the passing of this bill would be an atrocious move backwards in our journey towards increased access to care.
Over the past week countless health care organizations have opposed this bill, including the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (read our letter to the Senate
). Some Senators expressed hesitancy to vote yes, and Senate leadership responded by pumping more money
into the bill. All that said, this bill is still alive and threats to Medicaid are not over.