Congressional Budget Office Estimates 22 Million Would Lose Coverage Under Senate Health Care Plan

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Today’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report makes it clear: a handful of Senators working in secret back rooms cannot write a bill that works for American families. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)—the Senate leadership’s amended version of the House-passed health care package—would yank coverage out from under 22 million people, restrict access to needed care, and hike health care costs most significantly for the oldest and sickest among us. Read More...

It’s Now or Never! 3 Things You Can Do to Protect Our Care.

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Photo Credit: Stacy Sanders

We feared this day would come, and now it’s right around the corner. The U.S. Senate is poised to vote next week on a bill that’s scarily similar to the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Without any hearings or public input, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the AHCA last month. The House’s partisan bill would end Medicaid as we know it, undermine the Medicare guarantee, and impose an unaffordable “age tax” on seniors—all to pay for tax breaks for wealthy Americans and corporations. Now Senate leaders are following the House’s perilous lead. Thirteen Senators met behind closed doors to draft a health care bill that includes the same harmful policies in the AHCA. We need your voice now more than ever before. Here are 3 things you can do to stop this bill and protect our care. Read More...

Statement on the Senate Republican Health Care Overhaul Proposal

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We knew the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) couldn’t be fixed, and the proposal released today confirms it. Thirteen Senators met behind closed doors to craft a partisan health care bill that will end Medicaid as we know it, undermine the Medicare guarantee, and yank affordable health coverage out from under millions of Americans. We expect the upcoming Congressional Read More...

Issue Brief Outlines Medicare Risks of Medicaid Caps

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Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) recently released an issue brief exploring how recent proposals to change Medicaid financing would affect Medicare. Eleven million people with Medicare—nearly 20%—also rely on Medicaid. Changes to one program can cause a ripple effect to the other. NCHC explains the significant pressure proposed Medicaid per-capita caps would place on Medicare, including the implications for future reform efforts. Read More...

Paying More for Less: American Health Care Act

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Senate leaders are reportedly rushing forward to vote on their health plan, and reports indicate that the plan will be essentially the same as the American Health Care Act (AHCA)–the destructive bill passed by a narrow margin in the House of Representatives last month. Since Senate leaders are keeping their backroom dealings out of the public’s view, we can only assume that their bill will have the same impact as the AHCA. Our new resource, Paying More for Less: American Health Care Act, highlights the devastating effects of the AHCA. Read More...