Press Release

Statement on Better Care Reconciliation Act

Rick Pollack

President and CEO

American Hospital Association


July 18, 2017


Throughout this debate, we have remained consistent in our call: Protect care for patients. This is grounded in the belief that coverage must be preserved for all who currently have it. Repeal without any effort to replace would leave millions of patients at risk during their most vulnerable times.

We have urged Congress to consider advancing solutions aimed at making our health care system stronger, protecting access and coverage, and exploring new delivery system reforms that have the potential to make care both more affordable and safer.

Our hope is that the Senate will use this opportunity to regroup and work in a bipartisan manner to make the much-needed repairs and refinements, creating a health care system that can stand the test of time.

We ask Congress to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program and vital rural health programs and stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces by funding the cost-sharing reduction payments.

America’s hospitals and health systems stand ready to help.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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