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Re: Urgent: Senate About to End Medicaid

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 It is time for all to once again call their Congressmen and Senators.

Gee, I miss having a real President!!
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Re: Urgent: Senate About to End Medicaid

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Thanks, Centrist. I'll be back whenever I see an urgent need, like this underhanded maneuver.

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Welcome back, Cat!  So good to see you posting again.  You were missed by many.

 

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Urgent: Senate About to End Medicaid

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GOP senators are about to end Medicaid as we know it. Mitch McConnell is quietly pushing a revision of the AHCA through the Senate by the end of the month. That revision includes an end to Medicaid as an entitlement program. Under the new legislation, Medicaid would be block granted to the states, and benefits for each participant would be capped. Each state would get a set amount for each participant, with that amount increasing annually according to the medical component of the CPI.

 

The problem with this measure is that increases don't take into account an aging population whose medical costs are far higher than the 2% to 5% increase in the CPI. Medicaid now is an open-ended matching program, where the federal government pays a percentage of the costs for every eligible participant.

 

States would inevitably fall behind--Richard Frank, a professor at Harvard Medical School, estimates that states would soon have to make up $10 billion per year.

 

That means that states will be forced to cut about one-quarter of participants from Medicaid rolls. About half the births in this country are funded by Medicaid. More important to seniors, 60% of all nursing home residents are funded by Medicaid. Many people without long-term care insurance would be affected.

 

The GOP bill will slash Medicaid funding by $880 billion to fund a $330 billion tax cut for wealthy Americans. The results will be devastating for ordinary Americans.

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/gop-obamacare-repeal-ahca-300-billion-deficit-medicaid-cuts-2017-3

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