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VAHHS Statement on the American Health Care Act

March 07, 2017

Since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has made health care more accessible and affordable for Vermonters and brought the state closer to covering all residents. Due in large part to the ACA, the uninsured rate in Vermont is among the lowest in the nation. 

On behalf of Vermont’s hospitals, VAHHS opposes plans to substantially reduce Medicaid spending, which hurts vulnerable people and families. The current ACA replacement plan put forward in the House of Representatives would do that, as well as limit subsidies available to help middle-class people afford health insurance for their families. 

VAHHS and our 16 non-profit hospital members have always believed the ACA is a starting point and a law that, like any major public policy, needs constant improvement. The GOP plan to replace the ACA could have wisely focused on repairing what is broken; instead the plan scraps an entire system that is working to help millions obtain the coverage and care they need.

VAHHS and our members remain committed to health care delivery reform, and we will continue to provide care to anyone seeking it. We will work with our legislators and Congressional delegation to ensure that Vermonters continue to have access to affordable health care and our entire nation has a compassionate, sustainable system.