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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Bill Guts Healthcare, Medicaid


A new healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate would cap Medicaid spending per beneficiary, which means the program would no longer be an open-ended entitlement that covers everyone who qualifies for benefits.  Medicaid provides crucial funding of costly long-term care services for low-income elderly and disabled beneficiaries - services that Medicare does not cover.  The Graham-Cassidy bill would also "repeal and replace" key ACA provisions which ensure individuals, particularly those with a pre-existing condition, have access to adequate, affordable medical care.  Like previous failed attempts to "repeal and replace Obamacare" in 2017, this bill would undoubtedly leave millions more Americans uninsured or underinsured.  Nonetheless, legislators intend to ram the bill through the Senate before the Congressional Budget Office can complete an analysis of the legislation and before the current budget process, which requires only 50 votes for passage, ends on September 30th.  Please call your two U.S. senators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill and to support legislation that will improve access to quality, affordable medical care.

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