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Health Secretary Nominee Would Take Away Thousands of Oregonians' Access to Health Care

Health Secretary Nominee Would Take Away Thousands of Oregonians' Access to Health Care

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon issued the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Georgia Congressman Tom Price for U.S. Health Secretary. Price has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"Let's talk about what 'defunding Planned Parenthood' really means: taking health care away from the 61,672 Oregon women, men and young people Planned Parenthood serves each year," says Laurel Swerdlow, Advocacy Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "More than 90 percent of what we do is basic, preventive health care - lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The vast majority of federal funding Planned Parenthood receives is Medicaid reimbursement for healthcare services. One in five women will rely on Planned Parenthood for health care in her lifetime.

"People don't come to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement. They come because they need quality, compassionate health care. Every year in Oregon, Planned Parenthood health centers provide 84,397 STI tests, 7,680 pap tests and 8,647 breast exams. We are grateful to the Oregon community for standing with Planned Parenthood and standing with the thousands of Oregonians who rely on us for care each year. Planned Parenthood has been in Oregon for more than 50 years, and we will continue to be here for our patients, no matter what.

"In addition, the Affordable Care Act has been a game changer for women. Before the ACA, millions of women were denied coverage because of so-called 'pre-existing conditions,' like breast cancer, pregnancy or domestic abuse; some were forced to pay more for insurance just because they were women; and some were only allowed limited plans that excluded any coverage for any health concerns they already had. What's more, women faced limits on the amount of coverage they could use in their lifetime, so one serious illness could mean bankruptcy. About 360,000 Oregon women now have access to fully covered women's health services thanks to the ACA's preventive health benefits, including birth control, routine well-woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and mammograms for women older than 40 without copays or other out-of-pocket expenses. We simply cannot afford to move backward."

Send a message to key senators now: Oppose Tom Price for U.S. Health Secretary!

Posted on November 29, 2016 in News.
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