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Sen. Cortez Masto Holds Roundtable Discussion on Healthcare

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Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto spoke to patients and medical professionals about their healthcare concerns at a roundtable discussion Friday in Reno.

The senator is concerned that President Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act will not only hurt patients with Medicaid, but also programs like the Community Health Alliance Clinic in Reno.

The senator toured the facility where she learned that the program is worried President Trump's healthcare plan could affect dental, medical and pediatric services to people who can't afford it.

“The cuts to Medicaid that they've proposed along with the Trumpcare that they're proposing which are additional cuts to Medicaid, we are going to devastate programs like this,” says Cortez Masto.

This worries Charles Duarte, the CEO for the Community Health Alliance. He says they serve about 30,000 people a year who've benefited under the Affordable Care Act.He hopes Cortez Masto's voice can help their program continue to provide medical, behavioral and nutritional needs to patients.

"We want to her to see that and to hear from our providers, our staff and the patients that we've benefited from this," says Duarte.

Cortez Masto says under the Affordable Care Act, Nevada was able to expand Medicaid options here in Nevada. She says senators in Washington need to work on fixing high premiums and the cost of prescription drugs.

We reached out to Senator Dean Heller's office for a comment on healthcare. He released this statement saying in part "as I have stated previously, while I am in favor of repealing Obamacare, I am opposed to the American Health Care Act in its current form. This bill does not do enough to address Nevada's Medicaid population or protect Nevadans with pre-existing conditions. The AHCA is a first step, but not the solution.”

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