The revised health care bill introduced by Senate Republicans on Thursday, July 13th continues to present several overwhelming concerns for America’s health and human services organizations. Everyday this sector sees firsthand the importance of health and well-being in America and the staggering loss of human potential and wasted resources that occurs when people do not have access to the crucial building blocks every individual, family and community needs to reach their full potential, which in turn creates the economic prosperity our country desires.
Every person in America, regardless of income, must have access to affordable, preventive and fully integrated physical, mental health and substance abuse care and treatment. The amended bill doesn’t achieve this. Further, a fully integrated approach to health care that is well coordinated with the social and economic determinants of health is imperative. This will not only bend the health care cost curve over time and achieve better health and economic productivity, it will also create a more front-end and preventative human services delivery system. Both of these goals are within our country’s reach if we come together for a transparent, bipartisan approach that is guided by data, research and science.
Previously proposed changes to the federal-state financing structure for Medicaid remain in the current version of the Senate bill. According to experts across the health and human services sectors, this restructuring of the program will have a costly impact; directly resulting in millions of people losing essential coverage and the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential with health, well-being and opportunity. According to several governors and mayors, the ripple effect of these proposed changes to Medicaid will impact local and state economies, as well as the nation’s desire for realizing our vision of a healthy and equitable society for all children, families and communities.
We cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act and will be mobilizing our network of thousands of human services professionals, and our larger reach to millions of Americans, to lean in to create a health care system that works for all.