Just when we thought we could breathe a sigh of relief, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced yesterday that there will be a Senate ACA/Obamacare repeal vote on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

We don’t know which bill but we do know that it will be harmful to people with disabilities and all New Yorkers.

The latest information is that:

  • There will be a Senate vote in 4 days (Tuesday) on proceeding on a health care bill harmful to people with disabilities. They will only need a simple majority of Senators to proceed.
  • The Tuesday vote to proceed will EITHER be on the harmful BCRA, which includes per capita caps and severe cuts to Medicaid, OR a repeal of the ACA called the Obama Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA) – this is the bill that was passed last year and vetoed by President Obama. Majority Leader McConnell is NOT revealing which bill they will bring for a vote.
  • Both the BCRA and ORRA get rid of the requirement of essential health benefits for people with disabilities.
  • Both the BCRA and ORRA seek to cut billions of dollars from Medicaid and health care programs that support people with disabilities and our direct support professionals.

Because Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand are leading the fight against all of these ACA repeal bills, and if a bill passes the Senate it must then go to the House for consideration, COPA will issue an ACTION ALERT Monday morning urging a renewed push on our Republican Congressional delegation to prevent the loss of Federal Medicaid funds.

We need to continue to tell lawmakers this is the wrong approach – These bills are not fixable. The fundamental restructure of the current Medicaid program, as proposed in this bill is ill advised and will cause grievous harm to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. It is time to set this proposal aside and start over with a bipartisan approach which will strengthen the healthcare marketplace, ensure affordability and sustainability of our healthcare system overall and protect the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities to live, work and play in the community while enjoying productive and satisfying lives.

Expect the Action Alert Monday Morning and spread it far and wide!