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CHA Joins Attorney General at Press Conference to Defend Affordable Care Act

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced today that he and 15 other state attorneys general have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas that seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle joined the attorney general in a press conference supporting the motion to intervene.

In her comments, Coyle explained that the ACA has allowed California to make tremendous advances in health coverage and health care, and that preservation of the ACA is critical. She noted that 93 percent of Californians now have health care coverage as a result of the ACA.

“There is nothing more important for the health of Californians than preserving the ACA,” Coyle said. “We can’t let politics in a handful of states risk and erode what we have gained and used so well to provide care for so many.”

The Texas lawsuit imperils health care coverage and funding, particularly for vulnerable groups such as seniors, children and people with chronic medical conditions or disabilities. In the motion to intervene, Attorney General Becerra alleges that the ACA has not been repealed by the passage of the tax break bill, and its constitutionality has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

The attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia have joined California in the motion to intervene.

For more information about the Texas lawsuit and today’s announcement, see the attorney general’s press release