Statement on Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal

Partners for Better Care, (Partners) a nonpartisan coalition representing more than 100 million patients, is opposed to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) proposal that would reduce access to quality, affordable health care. The GCHJ proposal would:

  • eliminate premium tax-credits and cost-sharing reduction payments;
  • allow pre-existing conditions and rating restrictions;
  • permit annual and lifetime caps on treatments, therapies;
  • eliminate requirements that all health plans provide meaningful coverage and an appropriate scope of benefits; and,
  • eliminate Medicaid expansion coverage.

Much like the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which Partners opposed, the GCHJ proposal runs contrary to the majority of Partners for Better Care’s health care principles.

Earlier this month, Partners for Better Care sent a letter to the United States Senate applauding bipartisan efforts to ensure stability in the marketplace and ease the escalating burden of patient out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and cost-sharing for medical services and treatments. We urge the Senate to continue working to enact the bipartisan stabilization package to protect patients.

We seek to work with Congress to ensure that changes to the health system work for all Americans, especially those living with debilitating conditions. With only a few legislative days left to pass reconciliation legislation, we urge Congress to move bipartisan legislation to stabilize the individual market and ensure that access to affordable, quality coverage is available to patients and families in 2018 and beyond.