Health Insurers Concerned by 'Dramatic' Medicaid Cuts in Bill

Four Republican senators said they are unable for vote for the Senate's healthcare bill as written, jeopardizing its passage.

"We're anxious about the burden it creates for the states", Kristine Grow, spokeswoman at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said on Friday. Heller's seat is up for reelection next year, and a Democrat won Nevada's other Senate seat by a 2.4 percent margin in 2016.

"I can not support a bill that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", he said. According to Stuart, Menendez's leadership is important when fighting for those like he daughter, especially in the face of uncertainty about the impact provisions of GOP health care legislation could have on certain services.

The Senate bill puts the burden back on states to make up the cost, something that could be tough in Colorado, where voters have to approve all tax increases. If the four senators - Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Mike Lee, R- Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky. - join Democratic senators in opposing the bill, it will be defeated.

Heller is the first Republican senator to rule out supporting the bill over its spending constraints to Medicaid.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants the bill to come to a vote by July 4th.

The House bill would "save taxpayers money" - if they were already rich.

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are speaking out after the U.S. Senate's long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was unveiled on Thursday. He added that Nevada "is one of the most improved states in the country" in expanding coverage. The rollback of the expansion of Medicaid, the government insurance program for low income Americans was particularly seen as a positive move.

A quarter of Coloradans use Medicaid, and because the Senate health care bill wants to roll back the expansion, it could affect The Centennial State in a major way.

McConnell said in an interview with Reuters last month that he told Trump early on in the process that he did not need his help but that there may be a role for him later.

While substantial number of Republican senators being unhappy with the bill could be a bump on the road, the real test of the bill would arrive in the following week when the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of the bill.

  • Joanne Flowers