US Sen. Maria Cantwell Protecting Medicaid and ACA

This morning (/22/2017), ICHS Holly Park Clinic hosted the press conference for US Senator Maria Cantwell as she spoke out against the Graham Cassidy bill, the latest attack on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.  The Graham Cassidy bill will block grant Medicaid and redistribute funds to all states, hurting Washington state which has expanded Medicaid.  The bill will also eliminate insurance subsidies for working individuals and families who are low income but don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Senator Cantwell focused on the harm the bill would do to Medicaid, especially children. Two patient stories were shared — a mom spoke of her 7-year old child who has a rare disorder and a woman who is a 4 time survivor of different cancers.

Our state is fortunate to have Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray lead the fight for affordable, quality health care.  We all need to contact our friends, families and networks in other states, especially Alaska, to contact their own US Senators to defeat the Graham Cassidy proposal and to focus on bipartisan solutions to stabilize community health centers before our funding expires on September 30.

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