Medicaid expansion, reversed by House, is back on table in Senate

Olive Rios
May 19, 2017

Medicaid spending caps as proposed under the AHCA would eliminate open-ended federal funding, which now guarantees payment of 61 percent of Florida's program costs. The Medicaid expansion is overloading states, which, in order to keep up, will have to increase taxes or increase out-of-pocket expenses to patients.

The Daily Mail Opinion page published a column by syndicated columnist Star Parker Fridaystating the House Republican health bill will save money and deliver better health care to everyone. But Sommers points out that the data reinforces the idea that diminishing healthcare coverage can have very real consequences on overall health.

The New York Health Act would ensure that every New Yorker has access to health care. An official decision on the proposed increase will come later this summer.

The three-year Obamacare reinsurance program provided about $6.5 billion a year while the AHCA would provide more than $12 billion a year, Blase said. Under the House bill, those payments to state governments would drop to roughly 57 percent of the coverage costs, instead of 90 percent, which is what the federal government is set to pay in 2020.

"Using the most recent National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), we estimate that 27.4 million non-elderly adults nationally had a gap in coverage of at least several months in 2015", the Kaiser team wrote.

She wrote that insurance is a free-market business where you can select a policy that covers only your needs, not everyone else's needs.

Under the AHCA, states could also apply for a waiver to receive an exemption - dubbed the "MacArthur amendment" - to ACA requirement on essential health benefits and create their own definition of these benefits.

ME has been held up as an example of a state that had a high-risk pool that worked, prior to enactment of the ACA.

Both sides of this issue already agree the appropriation in the bill for those with pre-existing conditions is insufficient for the number of people to be covered. The more claims there are, the higher the rates go. But under the Republican plan, insurers would also be allowed to charge the oldest Americans five times as much as the youngest Americans.

The bill maintains protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but it allows states to opt out.

Insurance companies are finalizing their 2018 rates and benefits packages and they are due for review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by June 21. "It will be Obamacare as usual in California".

"I saw one of my Democrat colleagues said that this system isn't working" said Blunt.

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