The American Health Care Act (AHCA) proposes cuts to Medicaid eligibility and financing, changing it from an entitlement to a per capita cap. This would jeopardize our country’s most vulnerable people, including more than 70 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the major changes to Medicaid in the AHCA would result in 14 million individuals losing Medicaid coverage by 2026. CBO also estimates that the overall increase in the number of uninsured under AHCA to 52 million Americans by 2026 would largely stem from changes in Medicaid enrollment, “because some states would discontinue their expansion of eligibility, some states that would have expanded eligibility in the future would choose not to do so, and per-enrollee spending in the program would be capped.” This radical and unprecedented change in Medicaid would threaten those most in need and ultimately could endanger the financial standing of the entire healthcare system.
AHCA Cuts to Medicaid Eligibility and Funding Imperil Millions of Consumers (Fact Sheet)
March 21, 2017