Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Health Insurers Concerned by 'Dramatic' Medicaid Cuts in Bill

Health Insurers Concerned by 'Dramatic' Medicaid Cuts in Bill

Republicans say they are working to lower the cost of health insurance premiums, lower deductibles and still provide access to health care for the most vulnerable.

Sandoval said he would do "everything in my power" to make sure those people can maintain the quality of life they now have.

The 142-page draft, capping seven years of GOP promises to repeal Barack Obama's signature health care legislation, was released Thursday.

Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change".

So no matter the new name and a few tweaks, the bottom line of the Senate bill is the same: Millions of poorer people will lose their health insurance so that the richest Americans can get a huge tax cut they don't need. They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. On Friday, Heller also came out and said he will vote "no" on the bill as it now stands.

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference.

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Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill.

The state could opt to keep up the coverage, but Wolf administration officials have said the costs would be astronomical-likely more than $4 billion.

No Democratic senators support the draft of the bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. "What's driving this is a tax cut".

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

"Nobody will fall through the cracks, nobody will have the rug pulled from under them", he also said.

The American Health Care Act, passed by the House of Representatives, would take health care away from 23 million Americans, including 777,000 Pennsylvanians. She says her issue with the bill is reduced Medicaid funding would mean states, hospitals, or patients have to fill the gap. The lobbying group is waiting to see the analysis of the bill's impact on spending and insurance coverage from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected next week. Anthem has chose to leave the individual market in three of the 14 states where it sells Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, while Cigna is still weighing its decision. It penalized anyone who failed to buy insurance.

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