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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and U.S. Congresswoman visit LCH

LCH Health and Community Services (LCH) welcomed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan at LCH Kennett Square on May 10.

Becerra and Houlahan joined LCH staff during National Nurses Week to discuss the beneficial impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on the affordability of healthcare for their patients.  

“It's more than just dollars and cents,” said Becerra. “It's about access. It's about making sure that every single person, regardless of income, has access to the care and medications they need to live a healthy life. With Medicare negotiating drug prices and the elimination of catastrophic cost-sharing, we're building a health care system that's stronger, more resilient, and more equitable for generations to come.”

“We applaud the administration for addressing the high cost of healthcare and prescription drugs. LCH and health centers across the country have the same goals: to ensure people have access to high-quality affordable healthcare and affordable prescription drugs,”  said Ronan W. Gannon, LCH CEO. “More than 50 percent of LCH patients are uninsured. Like health centers across the country, LCH uses a sliding fee discount to make health care affordable for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.” 

LCH served 8,490 patients in 2023 across 33,926 visits to any of their three locations in Kennett Square, West Grove, and Oxford. LCH is a diverse, dynamic healthcare and patient services team dedicated to providing affordable, accessible, and equitable healthcare and social services to our community for more than fifty years.

Houlahan said, “I am so grateful to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra for visiting our vibrant community today. His presence underscores the Biden Administration's unwavering commitment to prioritizing affordable healthcare for all. As we celebrate National Nurses Week, it's particularly timely to also acknowledge the critical role nurses play in our healthcare system and the importance of accessible medication for their patients. The Inflation Reduction Act creates invaluable savings on prescription drugs and out of pocket expenses for Medicare and Medicare enrollees alike. Additionally, it saves American taxpayers billions. Together, we are making strides towards a healthier, more equitable future for every individual in our nation.”