Letters: GOP health plan would hurt mentally ill

As a result, the CBO and independent experts anticipate that states will decide to pull back from the Medicaid expansion, and states that were considering expanding their eligibility requirements in the coming years will decide against it.

The future of Medicaid expansion has always been uncertain in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters to disregard the congressional report. It will cost less than the $3 trillion that will be spent on the pursuit of health care in 2017.

The HIV Medicine Association said of the GOP plans: "These proposals will not only harm individuals with HIV but will compromise our nation's public health by leaving fewer with access to the antiretroviral treatment that keeps patients healthy and reduces their risk of transmitting HIV to near zero". More than 50,000 Granite Staters now obtain their health insurance through the state's Medicaid expansion program. If you're looking for facts, go to Physicians for a National Health Program, or Healthcare NOW, or the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. "That you are on a free program - because the plan doesn't get rid of Medicaid expansion".

"The loss of Medicaid funding in Nevada, which already has one of the highest drug mortality rates in the country, would exacerbate our opioid epidemic and make the state's public health challenges even more serious", Kihuen said.

Without the Affordable Care Act's mandate to cover essential health benefits, budget cuts will devastate substance abuse and mental health treatment programs. In 2014, following rigorous debate and a Section 1115 federal waiver, Arkansas expanded coverage through Medicaid by purchasing commercial insurance offered on the new health insurance marketplace.

One woman, Carrie Couey from Colorado, said her insurance rates are "three times" higher than when Obamacare began.

Capping Medicaid would mean many children with special health-care needs could no longer live at home with their families. The recent expansion of Medicaid, which serves low-income Americans as well as the elderly and people with disabilities, would be rolled back under the new Republican health care plan. But it pays at least 90 percent for additional Medicaid enrollees who were made eligible by the expansion.

Just last month a study confirmed that thousands of people living with HIV were able to get coverage for the first time under Obamacare. That movement is often driven by changes in income.

In addition, the GOP plan would cut federal funds for the Medi-Cal program starting in 2020. After that, states would assume the funding responsibilities and would either have to raise taxes to come up with the funding or not fund it at all, Hemberger said.

If large swaths of the population lose access to coverage, the ripple effect would be felt across the health care industry and affect the health of communities overall, Clunies-Ross said.

"Medicaid is that safety net".

This conversation is part of a weeklong series on health insurance and the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. People would wait to seek care until they were very sick. But the people on the program are much better off, so policymakers have to weigh the costs against the benefits when deciding how they want the program to look, she added.

  • Joanne Flowers