(Boston, MA)- Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the two-year budget bill just signed by President Trump:
“Health Care For All (HCFA) is relieved that the bipartisan budget deal reached by Congress and signed by President Trump earlier this morning includes needed funding for community health centers for two years. These centers provide health services to 20 million patients nationwide and employ 50,000 workers. In Massachusetts alone, access to care for more than 141,000 residents was on the line.
“This bill also includes funding for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program and an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 10 years, instead of the 6 previously agreed upon. These are all positive developments for health care consumers as those programs had expired several months ago and faced an uncertain future.
“However, this spending bill jeopardizes other important health care programs as it slashes Medicaid funding by $10 billion and eliminates $3 billion from the Prevention and Public Health trust authorized under the Affordable Care Act.
“This legislation also leaves in limbo the future of the 8,000 DREAMers who call Massachusetts their home. The termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has brought high levels of stress and fear in many of our communities and Congress must find a permanent solution for these young adults who contribute to our economy and strengthen our social fabric.
“HCFA condemns the months of inaction on this issue and thanks our congressional delegation for their public support in favor of the DREAM Act. This piece of legislation would allow 800,000 young people to stay legally in the country. Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the House Speaker Paul Ryan have committed as of today to hold a vote on this issue after the budget deadline and we want that promise fulfilled.”
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Health Care For All (HCFA) is a Massachusetts nonprofit advocacy organization working to create a health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, and culturally competent care to everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us. We achieve this as leaders in public policy, advocacy, education and service to consumers in Massachusetts. For more information about HCFA, visit our website at www.hcfama.org. You can also call our free HelpLine (800) 272-4232 if you need help applying for health insurance.