Health Experts Host Teleconference On How The American Health Care Act Would Impact Older Adults

Boston, MA and Washington, D.C. – Last week, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the American Health Care Act, the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would cause 24 million Americans to lose their health insurance by 2026. Older Americans (age 50+) would be among the hardest hit under the House plan due to higher premiums, reduced tax credits, massive cuts to Medicaid and threats to the future of Medicare.

Community Catalyst, a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization, will host a media teleconference on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM (EST), featuring health care experts and consumers who will discuss the potential impact of the House GOP plan on older Americans, specifically: individuals who receive tax credits under ACA Marketplace plans; individuals on Medicaid who receive coverage for long-term care; and individuals on Medicare.

Participating in the call will be: Carol Regan, Senior Advisor, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst; Stacy Sanders, Federal Policy Director, Medicare Rights Center; David Lipschutz, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy; Lezrette Hutchinson, who receives home health care and non-emergency transportation services through Medicaid.

To participate, call: 888-299-7210; passcode: 934600

This teleconference will last 45 minutes, beginning with a 25-minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A.

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