PRESS BRIEFING CALL at 1pm on Graham-Cassidy Impacts to CA

Earlier today, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller, and Ron Johnson unveiled the latest legislation to repeal the ACA.

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

For more information, contact:
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, 916-870-4782 (cell)
Rachel Linn Gish, communications director, Health Access California, 916-532-2128 (cell)



Graham-Cassidy Proposal Unveiled Today Explicitly Targets California’s Health Care Funding

  • Proposal Would Result in a $35 Billion/year Cut to California’s Budget by 2026, Well Over 4 Million Californians Losing Coverage, and Loss of Key Protections for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions
  • Graham-Cassidy,Last Ditch Effort to Repeal ACA Before Budget Reconciliation Process Expires on September 30, 2017
  • PRESS CALL TODAY AT 1:00PM PST on CA Impacts of Graham-Cassidy
  • National Expect Edwin Park of CBPP to Provide California-Specific Information

WHAT: Earlier today, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson unveiled the latest legislation to repeal the ACA. The Graham-Cassidy proposal has many of the same provisions as devastating as previous repeal bills (such as repealing the Medicaid expansion), but also includes language that explicitly attacks larger states that embraced the ACA and expanded coverage, specifically California, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland, to lessen the impact of the cuts to other states from where the authors are seeking Senate votes. The bill would result in a $35 billion/year cut to California’s health care, resulting in cuts to access, benefits, and the loss of protections for those with pre-existing conditions at a greater magnitude than in previous ACA repeal bills.

While this proposal included many of the same elements of past failed ACA repeal attempts that would have devastated California’s health system, the primary difference between Graham-Cassidy and other ACA repeal proposals is that it would replace funding for premium tax credits, cost-sharing reduction payments, and Medicaid expansion with a block grant, but with much less money. It would effectively eliminate the Medicaid expansion, which is responsible for covering over 4 million Californians, in addition to other provisions that would disproportionately harm our state.

WHO: Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California and Edwin Park, Vice President for Health Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 1:00pm PST

WHERE: Call-in information: Dial 866-906-7447; Code 7503681

Media members can get the latest news and information about the federal attempts to repeal the ACA by following @healthaccess and @EdwinCBPP


Health Access: Fact Sheet on Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal Impacts on CA

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Cassidy-Graham Would Deeply Cut and Drastically Redistribute Health Coverage Funding Among States