Naperville, Ill., March 9, 2017 — “Urgent care center providers across the country bear witness every day to the consequences of the uninsured, under-insured, and those who simply can’t access a primary care provider. These individuals wait to seek care until their condition has worsened, and oftentimes neglect important routine and preventive services that can help keep them healthy.
The Affordable Care Act is imperfect and reform is needed. The American Health Care Act, however, as currently drafted would unravel the underlying fabric that has made health care coverage more accessible and affordable for millions of Americans. Until it can be shown that the American Health Care Act in its current form will not make heath care coverage less affordable and lead to substantial losses in coverage for the currently insured, the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) cannot offer its support and urges lawmakers to stop the rush to the bill’s passage.
RoIling back Medicaid expansions, insurance mandates, and premium subsidies and penalizing consumers based on age or gaps in coverage is likely to decrease choices, increase costs, and destabilize the health insurance market. The United States is a country of innovation, which is no less true in the delivery of health care. Value-based care offers the promise of high quality care and wise resource choices by providers, and financial incentives to consumers and states to encourage site appropriate care are examples of where there is still much work to be done.
With opportunity comes great responsibility. UCAOA calls on lawmakers to take great care as they consider legislation to ensure that those who are currently covered do not become uninsured, and that our country’s health care system does not fail our most vulnerable.”
Steve Sellars, President, Urgent Care Association of America