House LGBT Caucus Denounces Passage of AHCA

May 4, 2017
Press Release

1727 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: May 4, 2017         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 257-8416

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

House LGBT Caucus Denounces Passage of AHCA

Washington, DC -- The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today denounced the passage of the American Health Care Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

"It's unfortunate that so many House members decided to ram through this dangerous legislation without sufficient debate or even a CBO score," said LGBT Equality Caucus Executive Director Roddy Flynn.  "What we know for sure is that AHCA will rip health care coverage away from the most vulnerable among us, including LGBT people who suffer from higher levels of poverty and greater health disparities.  The impact on older LGBT Americans will be particularly hard felt.  The dramatic increase in out of pocket costs will make health insurance unavailable for millions of Americans.  We hope the Senate will stop this disastrous legislation from ever becoming law."

The AHCA would undermine the Medicaid program and rollback the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion, which provides access to health care for millions of low-income Americans, including those who are LGBT or living with HIV.  The AHCA would particularly harm older LGBT Americans, as it significantly raises out of pocket costs for Americans in their 50s and 60s.  LGBT older Americans face greater health disparities and are more likely to be low income or live in poverty than the general population, and would particularly feel the impact of this out of pocket price increase.

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 or roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.  The bipartisan LGBT Equality Caucus has 109 members and is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

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