Medicaid directors, including Alaska's, sign statement critical of GOP health bill
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 26, 2017,
Sep 26, 2017, 18:01
Two previous attempts to undo former President Barack Obama's signature health legislation failed over the summer.
While Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on the Cassidy-Graham bill this week, important safety-net programs are at risk of expiring on October 1. Blunt, a member of GOP leadership in the Senate, has endorsed the bill, but the group also is circulating contact information for Republican senators considered to be on the fence, including U.S. Sens.
Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both Republican moderates who voted against earlier repeal-and-replace efforts, have been under intense pressure from all sides of this donnybrook.
"Second, the cost of some essential health care benefits-including maternity care, contraception, certain prescription drugs, mental health care, and rehabilitative treatment-could become prohibitively expensive for most Americans".
It also allows states to opt out of ACA requirements that insurers cover essential health benefits like hospitalization, maternal care and treatment for substance abuse; this could also harm numerous 5 million New Jerseyans who have employer-based insurance.
"Finally, the CBO estimates this bill will cut a staggering trillion dollars in funding from Medicaid over the next ten years".
But some advocates say the state might run out of funding for the program as early as March if it's not renewed.
But they took the bill to task for giving block grants to states "in place of premium tax credits, cost-sharing subsidies and the Medicaid expansion", saying that arrangement will only harm the poor.
If the law were not extended after 2026, CT would lose another $3.2 billion in 2027, Kaiser said. That's the conclusion of an analysis released on September 21 by Avalere Health.
According to the OPM analysis, on average, an individual in CT could expect to pay at least $3,300 or more in premiums each year without the federal tax credits and $1,000 more in out-of-pocket costs per year beginning in 2020. By 2036, funding would drop by $27 billion. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bennet said. "We urge Congress to reject this harmful plan and work together in a bipartisan way to strengthen our country's health care system". Under Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP 2016 presidential contender, Wisconsin just partially expanded Medicaid and agreed to accept smaller federal subsidies.
As of Friday, the new bill didn't have the public support of 50 senators necessary to advance, but Trump told reporters he is growing more confident that it will pass. Federal funding for Medicaid, which now picks ups about two-thirds of the state's tab, would cease to be open-ended.
How many people will be let out in the cold? Very few able-bodied adults qualify for Medicaid coverage.
If they're not ready for a restructuring as dramatic as Medicare for all, they need to fix Obamacare and stop playing politics with people's health.
The bill also cuts several penalties under the ACA, like the individual and employer mandates, and allows states to waive benefit requirements.
At first glance, this looks like a big gift to the insurance industry.
D-Illinois, said at a news conference Monday that a renewal of the children's health program is "being held hostage in this conversation about repealing Obamacare". The Graham-Cassidy bill removes it retroactively as well as for future years. Luther Strange has been more circumspect.