Democratic Group Highlights Health Care Fears In Republican Districts

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The House committees held four hearings and the Senate committees one related to health-care changes, all before a bill was drafted.

For example, the likes of, say, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval are saying efforts to restore some semblance of fiscal probity to Medicaid nationally will blow a hole in state budgets.

Medicaid covers over 291,000 low-income families and children with special health care needs in CT.

And why is Medicaid funding a particular concern for rural hospitals and rural health care?

Across all demographics, including gender, race, age and medicaid programs specific to US states, respondents were overwhelmingly satisfied with all aspects of their insurance, providing a 7.9 rating out of 10.

Another respondent, who lives in the district of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) works in a free clinic in her community and said she has seen significant increases in benefits under the Affordable Care Act for people with chronic conditions. While Medicaid is less costly than Medicare and private insurance on a per capita basis, it is still very expensive health care by worldwide standards. His problem with the bill is its impact on Medicaid Expansion, which would cost 200,000 Nevadans their health coverage.

Our system is expensive for a variety reasons. However, the health and budget proposals before Congress will do just that.

This is what BCRA does by changing federal Medicaid support to a fixed per enrollee grant. Given the exorbitant cost of coverage, the least America deserves is the quality of care to match.

Today, Medicaid covers half of all children in California - 5 million total. They may have to find other ways to fund tax breaks for the rich. The program has always been a partnership between the states and the federal government.

"With less federal reimbursement for Medicaid, states would need to decide whether to commit more of their own resources to finance the program at current-law levels or to reduce spending by cutting payments to health-care providers and health plans, eliminating optional services, restricting eligibility for enrollment through work requirements and other changes, or (to the extent feasible) arriving at more efficient methods for delivering services", CBO found. Perhaps. But it would be politically hard for a state that has expanded its program to reverse course.

If these patients are not going to their primary care doctor and urgent care centers with health insurance, they are waiting till their problems erupt and are making trips to emergency rooms via ambulances without insurance. While anyone not planning to have a baby should have the option of buying plans without maternity coverage, some essential health benefits would have to remain. Right-wing health care analyst Avik Roy advanced this argument in the Washington Post last month.

Every state by January 1, 1970, under Medicaid had to offer some hospital benefits, nursing home care, some laboratory and X-ray services and some coverage of doctor bills.

States can save money by encouraging patients to use Health Maintenance Organizations like Kaiser Permanente. But with the Republican plans for the ACA and Medicaid tanking at the polls and more than a few "moderates" on the fence, those votes may not be enough for the Republicans to turn Medicaid's money into a honeypot for billionaires. If they had the courage of their convictions, they'd agree to it, because their philosophy predicts that nobody would voluntarily pick a big-government program over a private one. It would require New York State to pay for the counties' share of Medicaid costs, at a price tag of $2.3 billion a year.

It has been said that states should be laboratories of democracy. The religious community brings not only moral principles to this debate, but also everyday experience caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and picking up pieces of a broken health care system.