November 10, 2016
Health Coverage at Risk
The health care of millions of Americans is at risk following Tuesday’s election. GOP politicians have tried to weaken Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since its inception. Repealing the ACA is on Trump’s “first 100 days” agenda and the Republican House and Senate leadership are ready to act.
Health policy experts say that one of the first provisions that may be repealed is the 2014 expansion of Medicaid, which enabled more than 15.7 million Americans to receive health insurance. Also likely is a move to block grants, which would allow states to further cut benefits and eligibility.
There are currently 73 million Medicaid beneficiaries, including 4.6 million low-income seniors.