Joint Statement Issued Regarding Healthcare Act

Joint Statement from Paul Salles, President & CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association, and
Jennifer McMahon, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans, Regarding the American Health Care Act

March 14, 2017

The Louisiana Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans are deeply concerned about several provisions in the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We strongly urge Congress to engage in a thoughtful, transparent process when it comes to major changes to our healthcare system, and we are ready and willing to work with them to ensure Louisiana residents have continued access to critical healthcare services.

While a Louisiana-specific impact analysis of the AHCA is not yet available, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that coverage losses will impact low-income Medicaid enrollees and the elderly (50-64) most severely. The Medicaid program would receive the most significant cut in federal support, an estimated $880 billion over the next 10 years, resulting in 14 million more uninsured nationally.

In Louisiana, cuts of this magnitude would negatively impact services to the most vulnerable covered by Medicaid, including the elderly, disabled, children and pregnant women.

As lawmakers work to re-examine the law, patients and the caregivers who serve them across Louisiana