Health care reform is back and more troubling than ever

Last week, the U.S. Senate revived its efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The new legislation, known as Graham-Cassidy, is moving quickly through the Senate process, as the reform window officially closes on September 30.  
 
As with previous health reform bills, the National Psoriasis Foundation is worried that this legislation could have damaging effects on the ability of those with chronic conditions, like psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, to access adequate health coverage. As part of our response, we have created an action alert and we urge you to contact your senators to tell them to vote NO on Graham-Cassidy.
 
While the legislation makes several reforms to the structure of our health care system, a few pieces of the bill are particularly worrisome for our community. We are concerned that this legislation:
  • Allows states to permit insurers to charge more for individuals with pre-existing conditions
  • Allows states to waive the requirement that insurers cover essential health benefits
  • Reduces, and eventually eliminates, federal subsidies and tax credits to help individuals purchase insurance
  • Severely restructures and reduces funding for the core Medicaid program and the Medicaid expansion
Our health care system has its challenges, but Graham-Cassidy has the potential to reverse the coverage and access gains many in the psoriatic disease community have seen in the last several years. While NPF staff get to work in our nation’s capital, it is crucial that your senators hear from you. Constituent communication is the most powerful way to influence Congress. Your patient perspective is critical to making sure policymakers in D.C. understand the impact of these changes. 
 
 
Thank you for your efforts to preserve access to care for our community! 
 

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For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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