Bill Text: IL HR0445 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Urges opposition to the American Health Care Act.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 46-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-06-26 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. John Connor [HR0445 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HR0445-Introduced.html

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2 WHEREAS, On May 5, 2017, the United States House of
3Representatives passed H.R. 1628, otherwise known as the
4American Health Care Act (AHCA); and
5 WHEREAS, In March of 2017, the Congressional Budget Office
6estimated that 24 million people would lose their health
7insurance if the AHCA were passed and implemented; of those 24
8million people, 14 million are currently covered by Medicaid,
9which the AHCA would also slash by approximately $880 billion
10over 10 years, putting some of the poorest and most vulnerable
11citizens at great risk; and
12 WHEREAS, As a result of passage of the AHCA, Illinois could
13face a loss of $40 billion in federal Medicaid funding over the
14next 10 years, affecting over one million Illinois residents
15who currently have coverage under the Affordable Care Act; and
16 WHEREAS, Currently, Illinois is ranked 50th in the nation
17for capturing federal Medicaid dollars, putting the State in an
18extremely vulnerable position and unable to absorb more costs
19from the federal government; and
20 WHEREAS, The AHCA also allows states to waive community
21rating, which bans insurers from charging higher premiums to

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1those with pre-existing conditions and would result in much
2higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions; and
3 WHEREAS, As a result of waiving the ban on pre-existing
4conditions, the cost of insurance will increase for people with
5pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis,
6autistic disorder, seizures, asthma, kidney disease, and
7children with disabilities; and
8 WHEREAS, The AHCA also has a provision letting states waive
9essential health benefits such as outpatient care, emergency
10services, hospitalization, pregnancy, maternity, newborn care,
11mental health, substance use disorder services, and pediatric
12services; and
13 WHEREAS, Waiving of essential benefits puts mothers and
14children at severe risk of losing coverage as plans on the
15individual market can once again decide not to cover maternity
16care as a result of the AHCA; and
17 WHEREAS, The law would also adopt a policy known as "per
18capita cap" for Medicaid that would replace the current funding
19mechanism, and rather than matching state spending, the AHCA
20would give each state a set amount of money per person and
21place specific caps for differing populations such as people
22with disabilities, the elderly, and other at-risk populations;

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2 WHEREAS, As a result of placing a cap on spending, people
3with disabilities who rely on home and community-based services
4through Medicaid, such as personal-attendant care, skilled
5nursing, and specialized therapies could lose access to the
6services they need in order to live independently and remain in
7their homes; and
8 WHEREAS, The AHCA also places the elderly at risk; as
9states continue to see rising populations as a result of the
10baby boom generation, implementing a per capita cap on spending
11may restrict a state's ability to keep up with demand for
12services, resulting in premature institutionalization, lack of
13services, and reduced quality of life for our seniors; and
14 WHEREAS, The AHCA poses a threat for persons with substance
15abuse disorders; the opioid crisis in Illinois has placed a
16heavier burden on the State's Medicaid program and has resulted
17in an immense need for increased services; a per capita cap
18will limit the State's ability to leverage additional monies in
19times of crises or epidemic, further hampering the State's
20ability to be responsive to the needs of its most vulnerable
21populations during the most critical times; and
22 WHEREAS, The law allows states to impose work requirements

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1on those applying for Medicaid, which has not been proven to
2increase employment among the poor and will meaningfully reduce
3access to care for low-income families; and
4 WHEREAS, Medicare is a federal health insurance program
5that currently pays for a variety of health care expenses for
6senior citizens aged 65 and older and people with certain other
7qualifying conditions only; and
8 WHEREAS, Medicare currently insures over 55 million
9Americans, and nearly everyone over age 65; in Illinois alone,
10over two million people receive Medicare benefits; and
11 WHEREAS, There have been recent legislative efforts at the
12federal level to expand Medicare for all persons in the United
13States, not just those currently eligible which would provide
14coverage for all medically necessary services, including
15doctor visits, hospital care, prevention programs, long-term
16care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision,
17prescription drug, and medical supply costs; and
18 WHEREAS, Children (unmarried and under age 22) can only
19receive Medicare if they are disabled or have a qualifying
20condition and make up less than 7% of the current population of
21people on Medicare; and

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1 WHEREAS, Expanding the federal Medicare program to those
2who need care the most can be a positive step to strengthen our
3nation's commitment to improving the health and safety of all
4Americans and reduce the risk of cuts posed by the AHCA to
5those that are most vulnerable; therefore, be it
8strongly urge the federal government, the United States
9Congress, and the President of the United States to oppose the
10American Health Care Act and to expand the federal Medicare
11program for people most in need especially children, women, and
12those with pre-existing conditions, that are put at extreme
13risk as a result of passage of the American Health Care Act;
14and be it further
15 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
16delivered to the Illinois Congressional Delegation, the United
17States Congress, and the President of the United States.