Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Report Indicates American Health Care Act (AHCA) Would Endanger Lives of 23 Million Americans; American Diabetes Association Calls on Senate to Preserve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) by Blocking Passage of the AHCA

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Michelle Kirkwood
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Arlington, Virginia
May 25, 2017

The American Diabetes Association (Association) calls on the U.S. Senate to protect access to affordable health care, following the report issued yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). In its detailed analysis of the AHCA, the CBO projects that 14 million Americans would lose health care coverage next year, and a total of 23 million people would lose coverage by 2026. The analysis also estimates that people with higher-than-average expected health care costs, such as people with diabetes, would see premiums increase so high that comprehensive coverage could become unaffordable for some.

“The CBO estimate confirms that enactment of the American Health Care Act would be extremely harmful for people with diabetes,” said the Association’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH. “23 million Americans stand to lose coverage under this damaging plan. Further, rising premiums, particularly for those with diabetes, would put adequate health insurance out of reach for many more. Coverage and benefit losses of this magnitude would be devastating for many Americans with diabetes for whom ongoing care is critical to effectively manage their disease and avoid dangerous and costly complications.”

On behalf of the more than 29 million Americans with diabetes and the 86 million with prediabetes, the Association remains alarmed by the devastating impact the AHCA would have on people living with this chronic disease. Based on the CBO estimate, we strongly reassert our position that Congress should not replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with any plan that results in a loss of coverage, benefits or consumer protections. The AHCA falls short of the minimum standards for an ACA replacement and would negatively affect people with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Individuals with diabetes require access to affordable medications, devices, and the services of a comprehensive health care team in order to manage the disease and stave off the serious complications. 

We encourage Senators to reject the AHCA and work to preserve the most critical aspects of the ACA. The Association stands ready and willing to work with the Senate to address the dangerous provisions in the AHCA and to craft meaningful legislation that will provide the care necessary for people with diabetes to maintain their health. 

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)