President's Message

Tell Congress to Vote No on Health Bill

Congress is expected to vote THURSDAY on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—the 7th birthday of the Affordable Care Act.

The AHCA will cap the amount the federal government will pay New York for delivering Medicaid services. 

Yes, you read that right—the ACHA contains provisions that would end the federal government’s commitment to a federal share of Medicaid that covers the actual cost of providing services for eligible people. Congress is moving quickly, with no hearings and no debates.  It’s hard to imagine a more fundamental or disruptive change to this pillar of our nation‘s health care system, a program that has been a lifeline for children, families disabled people, seniors, and communities for over 50 years.

Medicaid and the Child Health Plus program form the foundation of children’s health coverage in New York.  In fact, New York is experiencing a historic low in uninsured kids—almost 98% of children have health insurance. We cannot afford to let this remarkable accomplishment be undermined by a radical restructuring of the Medicaid program. 

After the House of Representatives the bill is expected to go to the U.S. Senate next week.

Please take action.  Send a letter to your member of Congress and sign on to our organizational letter to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.

Thank you for your continued commitment to children and families.

Kate Breslin
President and CEO