U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Issues Statement Following the House Vote on the American Health Care Act
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today issued a statement following House passage of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act:
“The American Health Care Act, as amended, is a good first step toward putting control over personal healthcare choices back into the hands of individuals – not the federal government – while ensuring important protections remain in place for those with pre-existing conditions and in high risk pools.
“While coverage in the Valley has expanded – and that’s a good thing – the access issues that existed before the ACA have only gotten worse with the expanded coverage. California ranks 48th in the U.S. for Medicaid reimbursement rates, creating a disincentive for physicians to accept more patients covered through Medi-Cal. This coupled with the fact that we have been unable to recruit new physicians to our district has created a situation where coverage does not necessarily equal care and families must resort to overflowing emergency rooms to be seen.
“All Americans should have the freedom to choose a healthcare plan that works best for their families, and as a parent, I understand that this choice is especially important when it comes to the care of young children. I will continue to fight for access to affordable health care options for the Valley.”
Additional information on the congressman’s ongoing work to improve access to healthcare in the Central Valley can be found at /constituent-services/healthcare.htm.
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