"Block granting" Medicaid will have severe consequences

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There has been a lot of talk during this election season about the merits of "block granting" the Medicaid program. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the House Budget Plan that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and convert Medicaid to a block grant would trigger significant decreases in federal Medicaid spending and could result in substantial reductions in enrollment and payments to providers compared to current projections. Kaiser has produced an an updated analysis conducted by the Urban Institute for the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured that CMHNetwork faithful should read. The analysis indicates that "cuts of this magnitude in federal spending for Medicaid would likely lead to increases in the number of Americans without health insurance and strain the safety net, even with additional flexibility for states to administer their programs." 

Here are some stats from the report that should grab your attention:

The more you know the clearer will be your vote on November 6th.


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