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Sep 26, 2017

THE OPPORTUNITY ALLIANCE CEO AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON GRAHAM-CASSIDY SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL

The Opportunity Alliance is a member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a strategic action network of more than 400 community-based health and human services organizations...

TUCSON, AZ – The Opportunity Alliance is a member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a strategic action network of more than 400 community-based health and human services organizations.  The Alliance released a statement on the impact of the Senate health care bill on populations served by the Medicaid program:

 

“The current effort in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act would undermine one of the cornerstones of the country's health care system, the Medicaid program, without fully understanding the impact it will have on people, other systems and local and state economies. For this reason, the Alliance strategic action network of hundreds of community-based health and human services organizations is opposed to the Graham-Cassidy proposal. We urge members of the U.S. Senate to vote no on the Graham-Cassidy proposal. Once again, we call on the Senate to slow down the process and take the time to involve communities, consumers, and health and human service professionals in the critical decisions that impact millions of people. Together, let’s craft a reform bill that will improve health care access and affordability, offer preventative and essential benefits to all, and integrate systems of support to improve the lives and health of all Americans.”

 

According to the AARP, Maine residents over 60 with an income of $25,000 will see a $10,000+ increase, from $1,608 to $12,011, in premiums under Graham-Cassidy in 2020.  The Kaiser Family Foundation notes that Maine is expected to experience a $745 million loss of federal funds under Graham-Cassidy due to the ACA Block Grant and Medicaid Per Capita Cap in 2027. To date, 79,407 people have enrolled on ACA plans for 2017, down 5.5% from 84,059 in 2016. An estimated 264,229 Maine residents will be at risk of losing their health coverage if the bill passes, according to Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

The Opportunity Alliance is a non-profit that focuses on building communities. We are a community action agency headquartered in South Portland, Maine. Our service area is centered in Cumberland County with several programs extending into neighboring counties, and we operate a few statewide programs. In the past year, we served over 20,000 community members. Our state’s population is only 1.3 million with the largest county being Cumberland, with about 290,000 people.  Our service populations are individuals and families in poverty or at risk of poverty. We are in communities which have high percentages of residents in need.

 

Michael J. Tarpinian, president and CEO of Opportunity Alliance, a Maine-based non-profit social services organization, is available to comment on the impact of the Senate Graham-Cassidy health care.

Media Notes:  To arrange an interview, please contact Jennifer Devlin at 703-876-1714 or Jennifer.devlin@cox.net.

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