Filipino Migrant Center Opposes New U.S. House Bill, “American Healthcare Act”: Healthcare Access for Millions of Families Threatened

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2017

The Filipino Migrant Center strongly opposes the passing of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives to replace the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.”

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would enable states to allow insurance companies to increase the premiums of those who have so-called “pre-existing conditions,” which, according to the bill, includes pregnancy, stroke, diabetes, mental illnesses, different kinds of cancer, being victims of sexual assault, and heart diseases among others. The measure would affect funding for Medicaid, which currently helps provide health coverage to millions of low-income individuals. Additionally, the tax breaks available to families depending on their income will now be dependent on their ages, meaning older people can be charged more.

If passed in the Senate, the new policy would negatively affect many low-income members of our community who will not be able to afford insurance or health care access. It also disproportionately impacts women, the elderly, people with disabilities and immigrant families.

Healthcare should be a basic right provided to all, not just those who can afford it. The Filipino Migrant Center is committed to fighting for affordable and accessible healthcare for all of our communities. We urge the community, especially our fellow Filipinos to join us and other community organizations to prevent this harmful bill from passing the Senate. To learn more about how you might be impacted by this measure and how you can get involved, please contact us at: info@filipinomigrantcenter.org

Reference: Joanna Concepcion, Executive Director joanna@filipinomigrantcenter.org

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