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by Brendan Flinn, Lynda Flowers, Jean Accius, Ari Houser, Public Policy Institute, September 20, 2017
New AARP Public Policy Institute fact sheets show the depth of non-expansion Medicaid cuts proposed by the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson Bill in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The latest Senate health bill, known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, puts non-expansion Medicaid back on the chopping block. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees.
For more than 50 years, the Medicaid program has served as a critical safety net for millions of people who deplete their life savings and turn to Medicaid for assistance as their ability to care for themselves declines.
New AARP Public Policy Institute projections find that the per enrollee cap proposal in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson will cut between $1.2 trillion and $3.2 trillion from total (federal and state) non-expansion Medicaid spending over the 20-year period between 2017 and 2036.
In the fact sheets linked on this page, the Public Policy Institute also projects significant Medicaid cuts over the same period in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
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