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(BOSTON, MA) – Community Catalyst released the following statement urging for swift passage of the reconciliation package, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The Senate package would make a huge difference for millions of people by driving down the cost of certain prescriptions and keeping health care coverage affordable for families who buy insurance on ACA marketplaces, which recently saw record enrollment. The organization continues its push for Medicaid expansion, praising Senator Warnock’s public commitment to advance efforts to close the gap.
Statement of Community Catalyst Executive Director Emily Stewart on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022:
“Everyone agrees that something must be done now about high health care costs. Alongside state and national partners, we urge for swift passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 in the Senate. These are hard times, and this is an immediate way Congress can offer relief to individuals, families, and communities.
“The reconciliation package before the Senate will have an immediate impact on the health and financial wellbeing of millions of people by bringing down prescription drug prices and reducing the cost of insurance coverage. It comes at a time when families are being forced to choose between buying health insurance, paying down medical debt, or buying household necessities.
“We are also encouraged by Senator Warnock, Baldwin and Ossoff’s continued support for closing the Medicaid coverage gap to bring affordable coverage options to 2.2 million people living in states that have thus far blocked expansion. This is a commonsense way to address the deep inequities and injustices that exist in our current health systems. We look forward to working with these Senators and other Congressional supporters to make this policy law of the land.
“Because of systemic racism, the U.S. health system is entrenched in inequity, and this is one immediate way the Senate can make progress. There is far more to do to create a health system rooted in race equity and health justice, but more affordable, equitable and available health care is something communities want and need now.”
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About Community Catalyst: Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for health equity and justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit http://www.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @CommCatHealth.