STATEMENT FROM SENATOR SPEARMAN AND ASSEMBLYMAN SPRINKLE ON AHCA PASSAGE

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May 4, 2017

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR SPEARMAN AND ASSEMBLYMAN SPRINKLE ON AHCA PASSAGE

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada State Senator Patricia Spearman and Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle released the following statement upon the passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Today’s outrageous vote in Washington throws hundreds of thousands of Nevadans under the bus. It guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, allows insurers to discriminate, and will spike premiums so high that many Nevadans won’t be able to afford insurance. We are particularly disappointed that Congressman Amodei caved to partisan pressure and sided with Washington Republicans over working families in Nevada. Senator Heller must immediately stop trying to help Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act and commit to doing everything he can to kill this bill in any form in the Senate.”

Nearly 400,000 Nevadans stand to lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. According to the Center for American Progress, the American Health Care Act would create a shortfall of $144 million in funding needed to insure high-risk individuals. The bill would also roll back Medicaid expansion funding that hundreds of thousands of Nevadans rely on to receive care.

Senator Spearman chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and Assemblyman Sprinkle chairs the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee. 

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