AHIP Releases Statement Urging The Senate To Amend The ACHA Before Vote

State Sen. Dr. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, left, stands with activist Christina Postolowski, of the group Young Invincibles, as supporters of the Affordable Care Act who are also opponents of Colorado's GOP-led plan to undo Colorado's state-run insurance exchange hold a rally on the state Capitol steps in Denver, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. The state GOP measure, a bill which would dismantle Connect For Health Colorado within a year, is an indication of how Republicans plan to chip away at Obamacare. If the federal health care law remains unchanged, it would force Coloradans shopping for private insurance to use the federal exchange. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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The head of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) released a statement Thursday upon the passing of the House Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in their chamber, saying that the bill should be amended before it goes to the Senate in order to “protect low- and moderate-income families.”

Marilyn Tavenner released the statement shortly after the bill’s passage in the House of Representatives, urging members of the Senate to work with the organization to better protect those who rely on Medicaid.

“AHIP believes that every American deserves coverage and care that is affordable and accessible, including those with pre-existing conditions,” the statement read. “The American Health Care Act needs important improvements to better protect low- and moderate-income families who rely on Medicaid or buy their own coverage. We stand ready to work with members of the Senate and all policymakers, offering our recommendations for how this bill can be improved to ensure the private market delivers affordable coverage for all Americans.”

The organization urges careful consideration of the most vulnerable Americans in making health care decisions.

“More than 80 million Americans rely on the Medicaid and individual market, and they deserve affordable coverage and access to quality care. AHIP believes that by working together, we can create good private market solutions that improve the health and financial stability of all people,” its statement reads.

The insurance group will likely get its wish because shortly after the House vote, Senate Republicans said they would scrap the House bill and start over.

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