A group of health system CEOs led by Ascension’s Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, says the bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate will not solve healthcare’s challenges.
In an opinion column for The Hill, Tony and the others express concerns about the costs of healthcare. “Our healthcare system needs to be accessible and affordable for everyone in America, because illness can affect anyone,” they say. “…If care is not affordable, people will choose not to seek treatment and will suffer unnecessarily.”
The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) would make major changes to the Medicaid program and to tax credits to purchase private insurance, significantly reducing the number of people who can access affordable coverage, particularly those who are most vulnerable, they say.
“Together, we can fix this,” they say. “There is still plenty of room for improvement in our healthcare system. Healthcare is too expensive, coverage must be more affordable, Medicaid programs must become more innovative and efficient, the individual market must be stabilized and more payments for healthcare services must be made through value-based contracts.”
Click here to read the column on The Hill.