On Thursday, May 4th, the House of Representatives passed the revamped American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a near party-line vote of 217 to 213.
One of our greatest concerns is that the bill seeks to roll back Medicaid expansion. Beginning in 2019, federal reimbursement rate to states will be slashed for anyone who cycles off and back on the Medicaid rolls. Medicaid will also transition from an entitlement program to a per capita or block grant structure – designed to produce savings to the federal government by allotting states a fixed amount of funding each year.
This means 600,000 of the most in-need Coloradans would lose coverage.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in March that the bill the original AHCA would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion. The CBO has not yet released an updated analysis. Senate leadership has made it clear that they will not vote on the bill until they have been able to review the report.
The AHCA will deliver devastating impacts on Americans:
- States can charge seniors five times more than young people for the same plan
- Permits states to waive the ACA’s essential health benefit requirements
- Allows insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance
- Creates high-risk pools (to mitigate the high cost to people with pre-existing conditions), which have proven ineffective
- Terminates means tested subsidies and implements age-adjusted fixed-dollar tax credits
We will not give up the fight!
All Coloradans deserve affordable and attainable health care!