September 20, 2017

Graham-Cassidy bill would cut funding to 34 states

Washington Post  The latest Senate Republican drive to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would sharply reduce federal spending on health insurance and cause 34 states to lose such funding, according to an analysis that details the checkerboard of winners and losers the plan would create.

The analysis by Avalere Health, a Washington-based health policy consulting firm, forecasts that federal money devoted to Medicaid and private insurance subsidies would shrink by $215 billion between 2020, when the plan would begin, and 2026, the last year money is provided in the Graham-Cassidy bill. Among states, the analysis shows, the greatest erosion of aid would occur in those that have had the greatest insurance gains under the ACA by expanding their Medicaid programs.

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