Medicaid Expansion Takes Center Stage in Senate Health Care Debate

The American Health Care Act was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 as a measure to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Just how many people might be subject to the change remains to be seen. McKinley, however, said these concerns are overblown. It is refreshing and encouraging to now be working with a unified Republican majority that is committed to delivering results and keeping our promises to the American people.

Premium tax credits were claimed by 258,000 MA residents in 2016.

Legislators opposed to passage of the AHCA say it would leave millions of beneficiaries without health coverage.

That's an average monthly credit of about $190 per individual, the group said. For a family of four, that was $97,200 in 2016, according to state Department of Health and Human Services. "The differences in financial assistance offered under the ACA and the AHCA could play out into much greater differences in financial burdens for people with health problems versus those without them".

Lynch said he plans to reach out to local hospitals to get a sense of what can be done to fix the issue. President Trump has said he might withhold the government payments as a bargaining chip for a new health bill.

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, one of 13 Republicans tasked with crafting a consensus health care bill in the Senate, said Tuesday Medicaid expansion may be turned over to the states in phases after 2020 instead of all at once. Should any state decide to waive all or some of these benefits, large employer plans will be allowed to deny or cap coverage.

Many of them would have been unable to buy health insurance before the ACA.

There was a slight increase in early-stage cancer diagnoses after the Affordable Care Act, often called "Obamacare", went into effect in January 2014.

Either consumers will not be able to afford the coverage, or they will find that insurers will be unable to cover all conditions, said healthcare attorney Eric Cheung, a partner at Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP in Los Angeles.

In Massachusetts, more than 190,000 people are enrolled in subsidized insurance plans through the state's Health Connector. Medicaid is the safety net for millions in America.

The bill does require states to provide a way for people with pre-existing conditions to obtain coverage, and it allocates up to $138 billion over 10 years to fund such programs.

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