Rep. Jeff Denham Releases Statement on American Health Care Act
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement about the American Health Care Act.
“In reviewing this bill, it seems to address many of my constituents’ concerns, including protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, allowing individuals up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance and keeping the ban on lifetime coverage limits. However, I have questions about how it will affect constituents upon implementation, namely those covered under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, and tax credits for working families.
“The Central Valley, along with many other rural areas, have a huge lack-of-access issue. California is currently the 48th-lowest state for reimbursement rates to doctors who accept Medicaid patients, which means we have fewer doctors willing to serve our community than we would otherwise. In order to attract more doctors to our community and improve their ability to treat the sick, we must improve reimbursement rates as well as increase residency positions in underserved areas.
“This bill is the first of several steps toward a more affordable and patient-centered healthcare system for America, and I will make sure that my constituents’ voices are heard in Washington. I encourage everyone to continue informing me with comments and concerns now that we have text available for review.”