From ANA: CBO Report on the AHCA. Take Action!

A lot of health care news has come out of Washington this week. Here's what it means for the nursing profession and the patients you serve.

CBO: 23 Million More Americans Uninsured under AHCA Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The CBO estimates that the AHCA would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than if the current law remained in place, including 14 million by 2018, when premiums are expected to increase by 20 percent more than under the current law.

Additionally, direct federal funding for Medicaid would be decreased by $880 billion, resulting in 14 million fewer enrollees by 2026. Seniors will fare even worse. According to AARP, "Twenty-five million people ages 50-64 have a preexisting condition and would face much higher premiums—thousands of dollars a year—that in many cases would be unaffordable." In states that request the AHCA waivers, premiums for low-income elderly individuals would rise 800 percent.

ANA remains steadfastly opposed to the AHCA because it fails to fulfill our principles: ensuring health care access, quality, and affordability for all Americans.

Moving forward, ANA urges the Senate to draft a comprehensive health care plan that protects Americans from being denied insurance coverage because of preexisting conditions and provides access to affordable health insurance coverage plans that offer a minimum standard of benefits.

ANA Opposes President Trump's FY 2018 Budget Proposal President Trump released his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget proposal on Tuesday. It calls for drastic cuts that would, if implemented, weaken our nation's health care system.

For example, President Trump calls for a 64 percent cut in funding to Title VIII nursing workforce development programs, which provide the largest source of federal funding for nursing education. A cut of this magnitude would hamper efforts to address critical faculty shortages and recruit new nurses into the profession.

The president's budget also guts the critical services Medicaid provides. It cuts $627 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, which does not include the $880 billion in proposed cuts to the program through AHCA.

Finally, the budget's proposed $5.8 billion cut to funding for the National Institutes of Health would jeopardize the scientific research needed to keep Americans healthy.

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TAKE ACTION! The ball is now in the Senate's court—and they need to hear from you. Call your senators NOW and urge them to reject the AHCA and start anew; call 202-224-3121 and select option 1.

You can also take to social media and demand that this process be bipartisan and transparent by using #ProtectOurCare and #NursesKnowHealthCare.

Finally, you can advocate in person at ANA's Hill Day on June 8. Can't get to D.C.? We will have opportunities to take action virtually—stay tuned for more on this.