On July 24, a letter signed by 20 leaders of schools and programs of public health across the nation—including Dean Stefano M. Bertozzi—was sent to congressional leadership in support of Planned Parenthood health centers and opposed to excluding Planned Parenthood from federal health programs, including Medicaid. “Any proposal to exclude Planned Parenthood from public health programs will severely curtail access to essential health care services,” they write. “Blocking people from accessing this critical care…will have a disproportionate effect on low-income families and people of color—and would cause a public health crisis, especially in areas where access to care is already limited.
The U.S. Senate voted to move the American Healthcare Act to debate on July 25. The act, passed by the House of Representatives in May, would eliminate much of the annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. Today, the Senate voted against an amendment that would have partially repealed the Affordable Care Act in two years, with no replacement. Senators will continue to debate amendments to the health bill this week.