Last week the Senate unveiled their latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) health care bill. LCUSA along with other national organizations hoped the revised bill would include protections to Medicaid and increase health care coverage, but this bill still falls drastically short. Catholic Charities USA shared their analysis.
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BCRA reduces coverage for those least able to afford it. By eliminating the Medicaid expansion which provides access to health care coverage to millions of individuals and changing traditional Medicaid from an entitlement to a block grant, millions of low-income individuals and families will lose access to affordable health care coverage.
CCUSA’s and LCUSA’s work is rooted in the Church’s moral and social teaching, which holds in accordance with human dignity, that health care is a basic human right. Across the country, Catholic Charities agencies provided health care-related services to more than 860,000 individuals. These agencies see first hand the devastating consequences of inadequate health care. They see the consequences of untreated mental illness, they work to respond to the growing opioid epidemic and they support families who are struggling between to decide between paying their health care bills or paying their rent.
Urge Congress instead to work for a health care bill which truly expands coverage, reduces costs and respects human life and dignity.