The Senate revealed its new health care bill today. The bill proposes some policy that is an improvement over the American Health Care Act that passed in the House. Check out what’s in the Senate bill here. However, one major item is dramatically worse. Cuts to Medicaid will be far deeper than those proposed in the AHCA, impacting children, elderly, disabled and vulnerable populations in Utah. But another demographic these cuts hurt hard is rural Americans, both in Utah and nationally, with 79 hospitals already shutting down and 700 more under serious risk of closure.
In Utah, our rural hospitals are equally at risk, including the brand new rural hospital in San Juan County and many others. Additional cuts to Medicaid in the federal budget nearly guarantee rural hospital closures that not only impact the health of rural Utahns, but also jobs, property values and school outcomes.
CALL TO ACTION
- Contact Senator Hatch and Senator Lee TODAY to give your feedback on the newly revealed bill they were integral in constructing. Let them know that cuts to Medicaid hurt Utah, both urban and rural.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)