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The Affordable Care Act Remains the Law of the Land!

CPEHN vows to remain vigilant in protecting California’s health care gains from future attacks
OAKLAND, CA – The defeat of the Congressional Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA), an effort that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act, is a victory for 20 million women, men, children, seniors, and persons with disabilities who gained access to health care under the ACA.
“We want to take a moment to celebrate this victory and to thank our partners for their tireless efforts,” said Sarah de Guia, executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), a statewide multicultural health advocacy organization. “Today’s decision means California’s families, communities, and economy will continue to benefit from a better, more inclusive health care system. We have closed the coverage gap for millions of families and individuals who had been locked out of coverage, including communities of color,” said de Guia.
Millions of adults, seniors and, children will keep their coverage. California chose to expand its Medicaid program (Medi-Cal) to over 3.7 million low-income adults, and throughout the Central Valley, up to half of the counties’ populations are enrolled in Medi-Cal. In addition, people will continue to receive assistance to purchase insurance. Covered California provides insurance for 1.4 million residents with 90% receiving financial assistance to pay for coverage.
“While we are thankful for today’s outcome, we also recognize that this fight is not going away and we must remain vigilant,” de Guia added. “We will continue to track all proposals coming out of this Administration or Congress that could harm the progress California has made towards achieving health equity and will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure all Californians have the health care they need. We encourage our partners to stay informed, share your stories and stay loud!”
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Questions? Please contact Cary Sanders, Director of Policy Analysis, at or (510) 832-1160.

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