Media Advisory

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
March 21, 2017

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 (AHCA) would cause 24 million Americans to lose their health insurance by 2026. Older Americans (age 50+) would be among those hardest hit under the proposal due to higher premiums, reduced tax credits, massive cuts to Medicaid, and threats to the future of Medicare.

Community Catalyst, in partnership with the Medicare Rights Center and Center for Medicare Advocacy, will host a media teleconference 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 AHCA on older Americans, specifically: individuals who receive tax credits under 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; and 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.

The goal of these teleconferences is to explain in layman’s terms the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, and the various replacement proposals currently being discussed, to journalists who may be unfamiliar with these ideas and how they could affect their readership or audiences. These calls are being sponsored by the Protect Our Care Coalition. Different organizations within the coalition will be hosting and participating in these teleconferences. This final teleconference also marks the 7th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

Contact: Mitchell Clark – mclark@medicarerights.org

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