CBO Score Estimates Loss of Coverage for Millions Under Senate Health Bill
Harrisburg, PA – Today the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its updated analysis of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act. Antoinette Kraus, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network released the following statement:
“If the Senate’s goal is truly ‘better care,’ then not one single person should lose coverage or face higher costs. The CBO report out today shows that the Senate plan would make our health care system worse for millions of Americans, resulting in 22 million Americans losing coverage in the next decade, repealing life-saving consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, and ending Medicaid’s guarantee of coverage.
The GOP bill goes far beyond repealing the Affordable Care Act by imposing artificial, unrealistic caps on funding to healthcare for vulnerable Pennsylvanians, recklessly endangering children, seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income Pennsylvanians who rely on Medicaid for coverage and care. In Pennsylvania, Medicaid pays for the care of 3 in every 5 seniors in nursing homes, 2 in every 5 children, and 1 in 2 individuals living with a disability.
The Senate bill, like the House version, would effectively end Medicaid Expansion for 718,000 Pennsylvanians by cutting funding to the program. These cuts not only jeopardize families, but also will increase the burden on our state budget for years to come, with a projected potential loss to Pennsylvania of $3 to $4 billion each year. In 2015, federal Medicaid funding comprised sixty-one percent of all federal funds in our state budget, with three-quarters of all Medicaid spending in Pennsylvania going to care for seniors and people with disabilities. Our members of Congress should immediately reject this plan that puts the lives of too many hardworking Pennsylvanians on the line.”