The nation's hospitals could see cuts in Medicaid payments as high as $84.3 billion by 2021 under the House budget plan proposed last month by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), according to a new analysis (PDF) from the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
Kaiser analysis warns of Ryan budget plan's impact
Ryan's plan suggests shifting to a block grant program, which the Kaiser report says would also cause reductions in Medicaid enrollment. The study estimates that between 14 million and 27 million low-income people would lose coverage as a result of the plan, which the House of Representatives passed in a party-line vote last month.
Meanwhile, total federal Medicaid spending reductions over the next 10 years would vary among states compared with the current law baseline, which includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For instance, those reductions would range from a drop of about 44% in Florida and Wyoming to about 33% in Connecticut, Ohio and South Dakota, and to about 26% in Minnesota, Vermont and Washington state.
“The repeal of the ACA combined with the adoption of the Medicaid block grant would add millions more to the number of uninsured Americans and compromise Medicaid's role as the health safety net in the next recession,” Diane Rowland, executive director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, said in a news release (PDF) accompanying the report.
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