Health care legislation: who wins, who loses

Elias Hubbard
July 18, 2017

Medicaid is a cost effective and efficient way to fund essential health care services for children. Providing health and wellness services for Virginia's children in poverty and with disabilities ultimately enables more children to become employable and attend higher-education.

Dr. Barbe added that alternative efforts to pursue bipartisan initiatives aimed at stabilizing the individual market should be the next step, and that "more bipartisan collaboration is needed in the months ahead to improve the delivery and financing of health care".

In the USA, 30 million children rely on Medicaid. Medicaid/CHIP children are more than one and one-half times as likely (58%), and those with both Medicaid/CHIP and private insurance are almost twice as likely (63%), to have four or more functional difficulties compared to those with private insurance (33%). Currently, 74 million people receive health coverage under Medicaid, a government program for low-income people, including adults with disabilities and children.

Medicaid/CHIP children with special health care needs have access to care on par with those with private insurance alone. At Providence Health and Services Alaska, we are serving many more people who have regular access to health care for the first time.

Medicaid children with special health care needs may be particularly affected by changes now being considered by Congress, including the shift to per capita capped federal financing.

Arnold says the children's hospitals that serve these children might not be able to stay afloat if there are cuts to Medicaid.

Written in secret, the U.S. Senate leadership is rushing through the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would have dire effects on the health of our families and the stability of our economy.

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