In a letter sent to Congressional leaders on Tuesday, September 5, the National Coalition on Health Care called for common-sense, bipartisan solutions to address the looming cuts and deadlines impacting non-group insurance, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), primary care, and Medicare benefits and services.
Today, the United States Congress is considering significant structural changes to the Medicaid program, including caps on the federal financial commitment to Medicaid commonly known as per capita caps or per capita allotments. This proposed change is advancing as part of the legislation aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act. With attention and debate focused on repeal of the 2010 law, per capita caps’ impact on the 11 million Medicare beneficiaries who also receive Medicaid benefits has seen less attention and consideration than it otherwise might.
NCHC called on the Senate to pursue an alternative, bipartisan path forward on health care following the House of Representatives’ recent passage of HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
Former Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office Director Melanie Bella said if officials overhaul the Medicaid program, this move will greatly impact Medicare beneficiaries. Ms. Bella discussed an overhaul’s impact during a briefing that National Coalition on Health Care, a nonpartisan organization, hosted on April 10, 2017.
NCHC letter addressed to House & Senate leadership Opposing Elimination of the State Option to Expand Medicaid Eligibility