May 22, 2018

Health insurers says Senate bill's Medicaid cuts to hurt states

26 June 2017, 02:47 | Guillermo Sutton

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than ideal and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost". In the past, the Beehive State was known for having some of the most affordable coverage in the country, but Obamacare has reduced our quality of care and increased out-of-pocket expenses. The federal-state program covers low-income people, from newborns to elderly nursing home residents, from special-needs kids to young adults caught in the opioid epidemic.

As Democrats immediately took to the Senate floor to excoriate the bill and the secretive process in which it was put together, few Republicans, even those involved in crafting it, came to defend it.

Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid.

Heller, who faces a hard re-election fight next year, said he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped version.

Nonetheless, allies say if anyone can get the job done, it's McConnell. "We're more concerned today". Essentially, plans would see lower monthly premiums but raises costs when patients need care.

The consequences of the new legislation would be dramatic in OH, where more than 600,000 of those on Medicaid a year ago gained access to care as a result of that state's decision to broaden the program, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. He said it only benefits millionaires.

The state could opt to keep up the coverage, but Wolf administration officials have said the costs would be astronomical-likely more than $4 billion.

Under the Senate bill, both the 700,000 Pennsylvanians who signed up for this expansion and future expansion enrollees will retain their federal eligibility for the program. "The program has been a great success and a model for other states to follow". "All her medication is covered through Medicaid".

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Mickey, who will enter ninth grade at West High School this fall, was born with a brain abnormality and has seizures and limited speech. In 2016, the expansion accounted for 43 percent of Ohio's Medicaid spending on behavioral health, a category that includes substance abuse treatment, according to the Associated Press.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the new Republican bill was "every bit as bad as the House bill" and "even worse" in some ways.

Through that expansion, millions have gained coverage.

"You have to protect Medicaid expansion states".

The House solution was allowing insurers to add a significant penalty to premiums - 30 percent - for a full year if a person seeking coverage couldn't demonstrate that they had been insured already within the previous 63 days.

The Republican bill aims to deliver on one of Trump's central campaign promises to "repeal and replace" the 2010 law that expanded coverage to millions of Americans. A number of other centrist senators-including Rob Portman and Shelley Moore Capito-have also voiced concerns about the Senate's cuts to Medicaid.

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